Sugarland on their next album, upcoming tour, and their pitch for the 'Twilight: Eclipse' soundtrack

Their debut album, Twice the Speed of Life, was just certified triple platinum, and as of tonight’s CMA Awards — where Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will premiere “Keep You” in a laser field — they will have performed all but two of Love on the Inside‘s songs on television: only “Take Me As I Am” and “Very Last Country Song” remain unconquered. (LotI, btw, was just certified double platinum, and is also up for CMA Album of the Year.)

So it’s time for another album cycle in Sugarland, say Bush and Nettles, who are aiming for a “summerish” release date. “We’ve already been writing,” Nettles told EW before Monday’s CMA rehearsal. “We have to go in the studio at the beginning of next year, at some point.” This is no surprise to fans who caught the live show in 2009, where they were treated to new material like “So Long” and “Take Me For A Ride,” but there’s no guarantee those songs will eventually appear on the album. “We’re not afraid to put stuff out there,” said Nettles, but Bush cautioned, “Some things just show up once in our land.” Another fan favorite, the overtly non-country groove of “Blood on Snow,” appears primed and ready for an appearance on a certain vampiric movie soundtrack. So is Twilight: Eclipse in the game plan? “Call ‘em up! That’d be great!” grinned Nettles. “Just say ‘Twilight’ again!” said Bush. (Twilight.)

As they await their undead fate, the two will crank up a new tour, featuring more of their trademark theatricality. “Bigger, better, faster, more,” is how Bush described it. “We’re working on the narrative now,” said Nettles, who will divulge only that “music is a powerful healer, and the way that translates to people… I don’t want to give it away. That’s a really beautiful sentiment. But it’s more fun than that.” When asked why they refuse to just stand there and sing the hits like everybody else, Nettles replied, “Cause we’re artists as well as entertainers. We like to create not only music, but a musical experience when we’re performing live, and we like for that to have meaning, and depth, and layers, and texture beyond the songs that are happening.” Bush continued, “It matters because we’re fans of music, and I think it would matter if I was a fan of us.”

What do you think, Mixers? Do you appreciate this duo’s dedication to “meaning and depth”? Have you heard any of the new material on tour? And does a country band belong on the Twilight soundtrack? Leave it in the comments, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @EWMusicMix!

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  • SugarlandAddict

    whit..i just LOVE that you get the inside scoop on Sugarland!! i can not wait for them to release their dates! i would LOVE to hear “blood on snow” as the “eclipse” song! OMG how awesome would that be to put my favorite band with my favorite book series! thanks for keeping us informed whit!

  • mark

    yes i do love it when SUGARLAND does mixers.they do make it fun and fresh at thier shows by doing different things by adding different songs at each performence.yes they do belong though you cant say that they are country when to me they are in a zone or genre all their own.call em’twilight you’ll write y’all a great song as they also would do for james bond, they belong,SUGARLAND rocks big time—-mark—-

  • graeme

    “Love On The Inside” is a freakin awesome album.

    • santi

      Nicely put. short and simple and totally true.

  • Karrah

    I didn’t realize that all but two of the songs from Love On The Inside had been performed on TV… Take Me As I Am is one of my favorites too! Love Sugarland, and I really hope I get to see them live at some point!

  • Sugarfan

    I love the way Sugarland adds “depth and meaning” to their performances, as well as new songs! Hoping their album wins “album of the year” tonight!

  • Jenny Driessen

    LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing them live– the first time I saw them live is really when my love for them escalated. It is an amazing experience in which words cannot do it justice. I wish they would have done “Take Me As I Am” which was always my favorite and would do so well! But all their hard work is much appreciated!!

    Heard some of their new songs on tour. “So Long” is my favorite!! (especially the personalization she put in to it at every location) And “That’s How I Like It” is great to. YES put ‘em on the Twilight soundtrack, that would be the best choice twilight has ever made! :)

    Thanks for posting this Whitney! :)

  • StacyP

    Best Live Show Ever!! LOTI deserves to win Album of the Year. If it doesn’t that’s a travesty. Sugarland are outstanding artists in a bleak music world :)

  • TJ

    Sugarland is WAY too good for Twilight, but I guess it’s good that they’re doing something so mainstream.

  • Scott Wilson

    SugarLand is the premier music act in country music and all music. Powerful performances of well-crafted great songs and an excitement level at their concerts that NO other music act rivals. Amazing!

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  • Lauren

    PLEASE PUT THEM ON THE ECPLISE SOUNDTRACK! that would be my two favorite things together!

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