Sugarland Currently Touring With Casey James, Little Big Town

Sugarland Currently Touring With Casey James, Little Big Town

Right now is a good time to be a Sugarland fan. The dynamic duo is everywhere. And if you look at their robust touring schedule that’s literally true.

Country music’s most exuberant performing pair just launched the 2011 leg of their incredible “Incredible Machine Tour.” Their trek, which began with a performance at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show on March 3, is set to visit 59 cities. The very last of the Sugarland tickets are for an Oct. 22 show in Atlanta, Georgia—the duo’s home base.

Despite being busy playing all over the continent—you can catch Sugarland in Nashville, Tennessee on April 16; Sugarland in San Antonio, Texas on May 27; and Sugarland in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 10—the country couple, also known as Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, are popping up all over place.

Country Dance

On March 15, GameMill Entertainment released “Country Dance” for the Wii. It’s the first dancing video game designed especially for country music fans. And guess what duo has a song in the game? That’s right, Sugarland. For a mere $40, you can dance to their smash hit “Stuck Like Glue” (as well as 26 other classic country tunes).

Uncharted

Sara Bareilles’ new video features a slew of “celebrities” lip-syncing to her song “Uncharted.” The luminaries include Josh Groban, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, and Ben Folds. Of course, the celebrity that steals the show is none other than Sugarland’s ebullient lead singer, Jennifer Nettles. In the video, she dances around a bedroom wearing brightly colored pajamas and looking absolutely adorable. Will we see those moves when Sugarland plays Albuquerque or the Darien Center in New York? Let’s hope so.

“They Say It’s Your Birthday…”

When you’re huge country music stars like Sugarland your birthdays are often celebrated by the media. On March 14, the Kansas City Star newspaper printed in their FYI section that Kristian Bush was celebrating his 41st birthday. However, instead of his picture they used an image of Jennifer. Obviously, the editor was confused by the nontraditional spelling of “Kristian” (perhaps he or she thought it was a woman’s name) but how can you work in the media biz and not know anything about Sugarland?

Meet The Openers

Recently on the band’s Web site, Sugarland posted a video introducing their current opening acts, Casey James and Little Big Town.

James is a former American Idol contestant and the second from Fox’s karaoke show to open for Sugarland (Danny Gokey toured with the duo in 2010). After James’ dates with Sugarland are over, he’ll go back to the studio and finish his debut album. Look for it to drop sometime later this year.

LBT features the talents of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet. The foursome from Homewood, Alabama has been around since 1998 and they dazzle fans with their amazing four-part harmonies.

The best part about the video (see above) is all the good things James and LBT had to say about Sugarland—mainly that they’re humble and down-to-earth. Yeah, I know Sugarland is their boss and they really can’t say anything bad about them, but I’m going to put my cynicism on hold and give the supporting acts the benefit of the doubt.

“I love being on tour with them because they bring it every night,” explains Fairchild. “And if you don’t bring it, you’re going to get left behind.”

James and LBT aren’t the only opening acts for this Sugarland tour 2011. Matt Nathanson takes over the opening duties starting April 2 in Aspen, Colorado. The aforementioned Sara Bareilles will join the tour later this summer.

The Steampunk Movement

The current Sugarland tour is promoting the band’s fourth studio album, The Incredible Machine—it was just recently certified platinum by the RIAA. The certification makes Sugarland four-for-four—each one of their albums has reached the platinum plateau or better.

Their hot-selling album was inspired by the “steampunk movement.” That’s a kind of science fiction where humans evolve intellectually but technology stays stuck in the Victorian era. The 11-track opus contains the hit singles “Stuck Like Glue” and “Little Miss.”

Some of the band’s upcoming highlights are Sugarland performing in Rosemont, Illinois at the Allstate Arena on May 6, Sugarland playing in Camden, New Jersey at the Susquehanna Bank Center on May 14; and Sugarland exciting fans in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand on Aug. 13.

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