Kristian Bush's Incredible Machine

GRAMMY winner discusses touring with Sugarland, his solo work and future projects
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    Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush
November 20, 2012 -- 4:20 pm PST

On Nov. 25–26 GRAMMY winner Kristian Bush of Sugarland will host his annual Thanksgiving concerts at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Ga. Ahead of the concerts, Bush visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive interview and discuss his solo projects, touring with Sugarland, winning a GRAMMY Award, and his future plans both as a solo artist and as part of Sugarland, among other topics.

"The most gratifying aspect of touring is probably the community of people you tour with," said Bush. "[Touring] can be somewhat confusing, but these people that we travel with … are amazing. They … believe in the magic of [the] kind of music and theater [we create]. … [It's] a really wonderful group of like-minded people and you don't get that often in life."  

A singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Bush began his career with Andrew Hyra in the early '90s as part of the folk-rock duo Billy Pilgrim. The duo released several albums and toured around the world, including early stops at Eddie's Attic and opening slots for Melissa Etheridge. Bush began recording with Jennifer Nettles in 2002 and subsequently released Sugarland's 2004 debut album, Twice The Speed Of Life, which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and garnered the group a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2005. Sugarland won their first GRAMMY in 2008 for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Stay" from their 2006 album Enjoy The Ride. The group's latest album, 2012's The Incredible Machine, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In October Sugarland were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

In 2011 Bush founded Songs of the Architect, a music publishing company and songwriting collective that has collaborated with artists such as Lauren Alaina, Matt Nathanson, Canaan Smith, and Alana Springsteen, among others.

Joining Bush as special guests for his Thanksgiving shows will be country/rock artist Patrick Davis, folk singer/songwriter Ellis Paul and Smith.

"Thanksgiving is a very special time for me," Bush told Country Weekly in October. "My mother passed away during Thanksgiving and I always get sentimental and want to play. I think it's important to have a show like this that you go to every year as a musician. It helps define time." 

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