Its hard to say whether its Jennifer Nettle's powerful voice, their "Everyday America" appeal, or perhaps its their series of #1 country singles that make Sugarland country's top duo. Either way, the fans, country radio, and America can't get enough of them. Sugarland tour dates are scheduled nationally with the duo bringing "The Incredible Machine Tour," to a venue in your area this spring and summer. Don't miss a date on the Sugarland concert schedule 2011; Use Eventful as your source for Sugarland tour dates and venue information.
Sugarland, actually started out as a trio including Nettles, guitarist Kristian Bush and songwriter Kristen Hall (who exited the band shortly after achieving mainstream success). The band signed a recording deal with Mercury Nashville in 2004 and released their first single, "Baby Girl," from their debut album, "Twice the Speed of Light." The single and album were a huge success, "Baby Girl" peaked at #2 on Billboard's Country Songs survey and the album was certified triple platinum. Sugarland booked tour dates as the opening act for Brad Paisley in 2005 and for Brooks & Dunn in 2006. Their debut album continued to release hit after hit, with "Something More," and "Just Might Believe," receiving gold certifications in 2005. The group topped off their year by winning the American Music Award for Favorite Breakthrough New Artist.
Following the exit of Hall, Sugarland returned to the studio to record their sophomore set, "Enjoy the Ride," in late 2006. The album's first single, "Want To," became their first #1 country single and the album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. "Enjoy the Ride" spawned three more top ten country singles and was eventually certified triple platinum. The duo also won the Top New Duo award from the Academy of Country Music and received a Best New Artist Grammy nomination in 2006. The Sugarland concert schedule included a stint as the opening act for Kenny Chesney's "Flip Flop Summer Tour 2006," and a performance at the CMT Awards.
The band was quick to return to the studio and in 2008, they released their third album, "Love on the Inside." 2008 proved to be the band's breakout year, earning them their first #1 album on the Billboard 200, two Grammy awards, two CMA awards, and the ACM award for Top Vocal Duo. They released three #1 hit singles from the album and Sugarland booked tour dates as the headliners of the "Love on the Inside Tour," which featured Kellie Pickler as the opening act. The Sugarland concert schedule also included dates overseas in France, Germany, England, and Ireland and they visited various American military bases.
In the summer of 2010, the duo released their first single from their "The Incredible Machine" album, "Stuck Like Glue," to skepticism from the country music media. The song features a rap from Nettles and an unconventional chorus. The gamble paid off when the single became their highest charting song on the US pop charts and the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The duo shows no signs up letting up, Sugarland tour dates are scheduled nationally throughout spring and summer 2011. The Sugarland concert schedule includes their headlining stint on the Incredible Machine Tour," which features opening acts Sara Bareilles and Little Big Town. Nettle's powerful vocals and the duo's clever lyrics have made them a crowd favorite since "Baby Girl," was released in 2004. Use Eventful as your source for Sugarland tour dates and concert schedule updates.
"My dad will tell you that when I was little, the car radio had to be on the country station," Lindsay Ell explains. "If my older brother touched the dial, I would beg him to turn it back. It got to the point that if they were listening to something else, all I had to do was get in the car and they'd automatically flip over to country."
Coming from a family with deep musical roots, the Stoney Creek Records’ artist started playing piano and guitar at a very early age. "I learned how to play guitar traveling to country-bluegrass camps with my dad, and knew right from the beginning of my strong passion for country music."
The 25-year-old Calgary native was discovered at 13 by BTO and The Guess Who's Randy Bachman ("American Woman," "Takin' Care Of Business"). "Randy learned guitar from master jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, so I dove head-first into this world of blues, jazz and rock guitar – learning all these different solos, switching radio stations and trying to get an idea of where all those techniques come from. I was listening to Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clapton, Derek Trucks and all those incredible guitar players.”
Lindsay’s passion and study has served her well, leading to several unique opportunities, including an opening slot with blues icon Buddy Guy; however, her first songwriting trip to Nashville was the catalyst that brought her early affinity for country full-circle. "When I got here, it was like I was home," she says. "I didn't need to put on a facade of who I was or wasn't. And I finally fell back into my roots. Coming to Nashville brought me to who I am and who I'm meant to be."
In October 2013, Lindsay embarked upon one of her most exciting opportunities to-date: an opening slot on The Band Perry’s We Are Pioneers World Tour encompassing 50 dates throughout Europe and North America which ran through March 2014.
Because it is rare, she knows her six-string prowess is not the only focal point, but an accent to her vision as an artist. "There aren't a lot of girls who play electric lead guitar, and it can be a defining thing," she says. First and foremost, I want people to hear me and understand my voice as a country music recording artist. When they come see me, I'd love it if they were impressed at my guitar and piano playing. But by that point, hopefully they understand the artist behind it all has a lot of different sides to her music."
To get to that point, she knows radio will be key – and she can't wait. “Going out on a radio tour and having the chance to share my music and show people how ready I am continues to be one of the most exciting steps I've made yet."
Having spent a decade learning about the music industry from the front of a stage, Lindsay Ell is more than ready for that step – however big or small. "Playing live, honing my craft and developing as performer before taking my first serious try at being a recording artist and getting radio airplay gives me a foundation a lot of artists just don't get. I've had the cords fail, the monitors shut down and mics die. I've seen all kinds of crowds ... and no crowd at all. I feel ready as a singer and a musician. I have confidence as a performer. I've been writing for years and, since moving to Nashville, have found how best to communicate who I am. I'm comfortable in a conference room with six people or onstage opening for Keith Urban in front of thousands. It's really not that different. Both are exciting and a little humbling. Either way, I'm ready to go."
Frankie Ballard is an American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has released one album each for Reprise Records and Warner Bros. Records, and has charted three singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.