After a multi-year hiatus, Sugarland will begin the next chapter of their career with the release of their sixth studio album, Bigger. Set for release June 8, the project will feature 11 songs, most of which were co-written by the band’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.
“We have always enjoyed playing in the margins and stretching the format,” shared Nettles in a press release. “But it’s fun to have taken this time away and seen how the format has expanded and how music has evolved. Before, we were playing in the margins. Now, the margins have moved, and that’s fun to hear.”
“It’s not like we stopped creating with [2010 album] The Incredible Machine,” added Bush. “We kept going, but like a good Netflix show you skipped seasons three and four and now you’re seeing season five and you’re reminded of why you loved it. We didn’t really hit pause on anything. We both got on treadmills that were even faster in some ways. But we made a promise to come back, and we kept that promise.”
Among the 11 tracks featured on the highly-anticipated project is a song named “Babe,” written by Train’s Pat Monahan and Taylor Swift, with the latter appearing on the track.
In addition to sharing the track listing with fans, Sugarland revealed the inspiration behind their circus-themed album cover. Representing both the fun and serious sides of the group, the cover also highlights the types of songs appearing on Bigger.
“This album has a whole bunch of mystery,” explained Bush. “I’m listening to it every two days just to see what’s in it. I have entire pints of blood in that thing, but I still don’t know where it all came from, and I love that.”
Ahead of their album release, Sugarland will begin their Still The Same Tour on May 25 and will visit 48 cities across the United States and Canada.
Bigger is available for release on June 8.
‘Bigger’ Track List:
1. “Bigger” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
2. “On A Roll” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
3. “Let Me Remind You” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
4. “Mother” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
5. “Still The Same” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
6. “Lean It On Back” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
7. “Babe (featuring Taylor Swift)” | Taylor Swift, Pat Monahan
8. “Bird In A Cage” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
9. “Love Me Like I’m Leaving” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, Tim Owens
10. “Tuesday’s Broken” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles
11. “Not The Only” | Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles