Friday, 5 June • 7 pm
Doors open @ 5:30 pm at the Schilling Community Center Parking lot
Food and Beverage
Our awesome Emery Lanes and Platters Restaurant will be on site cooking up delicious food for you to enjoy. Adult beverages will be available for purchase.
Meet and Greet
Stick around after the performance for your chance to meet Kristian Bush!
Coolers, glass, or any alcohol, smoking, backpacks, pets, knives or any type of weapon are strictly prohibited.
For a decade, Kristian Bush built his reputation as one half of the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland. He wasn’t the group’s lead singer — that role went to his big-voiced partner, Jennifer Nettles — but he steered the ship in other ways: playing multiple instruments, singing harmonies, co-producing the group’s platinum-selling albums, and co-writing an award-winning catalog of songs (including five number one singles and nearly a dozen Top 10 hits) about life and love in the American South. His first release as a solo artist, Southern Gravity — due April 7, 2015 on Streamsound Records — Bush occupies the spotlight himself, juggling the roles of vocalist, songwriter, bandleader and producer. The new album draws on the 300+ songs that Bush wrote during the past two years, after Sugarland embarked on an open-ended hiatus. Included in the mix is Southern Gravity’s lead single, “Trailer Hitch,” written with Tim Owens and Bush’s brother, Brandon. Anchored by a mix of groove and twang, “Trailer Hitch” rustles up memories of Bush’s past hits, including the double-platinum Sugarland smash “Stuck Like Glue.” Southern Gravity isn’t a side project, though. It’s a parallel project, a natural move for a songwriter who’s been making records since he turned 13 years old. For the first time in his career, Bush is singing his own songs without a duo partner by his side, giving fans an unfiltered view of an artist who’s always shared the spotlight in the past. Bush kick started his career in the early ’90s, when he formed the folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim with Andrew Hyra. Together, the two released a pair of critically acclaimed albums (1994’s self-titled Billy Pilgrim and 1995’s Bloom), enjoyed regular rotation on VH-1, and earned multiple Top 5 hits on the AAA charts. Bush’s success continued with Sugarland, a coed country duo that formed in 2002 and sold more than 22 million albums during the ten years that followed. Along the way, Bush and Nettles launched five number one singles, earned a well-deserved induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and took home trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards. Although the writing sessions for Southern Gravity were sparked by Sugarland’s hiatus, they coincided with a period of intense, industry-spanning activity for Bush. He founded the music publishing and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect in 2011, kicking off a series of production/songwriting collaborations with artists like Rita Wilson, the dBs, Lucy Hale, Ellis Paul, and Natalie Stovall. He teamed up with his brother, Brandon, to score the music for a Turner Classic Movies network promo. He even contributed music to the popular mobile app My Singing Monsters, making an appearance in the game as a furry, fedora-wearing monster called “Shugabush.” On an album filled with some of the best songs of his career, though, the real highlight of Southern Gravity is Bush’s voice, a lived-in baritone that sounds both new and familiar, like the pen pal you’ve been writing for years, only to finally meet in person.