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Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne
Shelby Lynne
I Can’t Imagine
Release Date: May 5, 2015I threw these colors down in a fit of rage/
My feelings hardly fit onto the page

It’s starts, as always, with that voice. Two parts Alabama sunshine; one part Memphis rainstorm, it’s one of the most gorgeous sounding instruments in all of popular music.

Cloudy memories make for darker grays/
But blue is how I paint myself today

So begins Shelby Lynne’s 13th full-length album I Can’t Imagine, quite possibly the most brilliantly crafted and intensely affecting set of compositions since her landmark collection I Am Shelby Lynne in 2000.

Comprising 10 new songs written or co-written by the GRAMMY winning vocalist,
I Can’t Imagine is powered by Lynne’s lustrous, virtuosic vocal performance, her indelible, sparkling songwriting, and the sympathetic, versatile playing of a top-flight band, led by Los Angeles based guitarist Ben Peeler.

The songs themselves reflect a panoply of Lynne’s influences – from Southern soul, Crescent City R&B, and California country & western to the ardent social consciousness of precursors like Woody Guthrie and even the roots ‘n blues vocalizing of Billie Holiday – all brought into clear focus by Lynne’s keen pop sensibility.

According to Lynne, the songs were mostly written in a…

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102.5 The Bull presents: Kristian Bush

102.5 The Bull presents: Kristian Bush

Kristian Bush has a voice.

And after more than a dozen years as the creative yet largely silent force behind Sugarland — the Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning group he formed in Atlanta in 2003 — the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter is ready for you to hear it.

On his debut solo album Southern Gravity (out April 7 via Streamsound Records), that voice is undeniable.

Southern Gravity is a joyous and inspirational album, yet it was born out of tumultuous, even tragic, change. As such, it is a purging of all that Kristian has weathered since 2011 — the year that the stage rigging collapsed during a storm prior to Sugarland’s show at the Indiana State Fair. That horrific accident was the first of many challenges, both public and personal, for the heart-on-his-sleeve artist.

Over its dozen tracks, however, Southern Gravity became Kristian’s musical assurance that everything was going to be okay.

“These songs are like post-it notes that you might put around your house as inspirational reminders,” says Kristian. “I listen to them for that reason sometimes — to remind myself that no matter how hard it gets, you can make things out of the pieces that are smashed.”

It’s testament to Kristian’s gift for writing perfect country-pop hooks that Southern Gravity turned…

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Show of the Week – Kristian Bush

Show of the Week - Kristian Bush

Presented by 102.5 The Bull, Kristian Bushthe creative force behind Grammy, CMA and AMA winning group, Sugarland, plays Tin Roof on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:30PM for FREE!

Kristian Bush has a voice.

And after more than a dozen years as the creative yet largely silent force behind Sugarland — the Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning group he formed in Atlanta in 2003 — the Tennessee-born singer-songwriter is ready for you to hear it.

On his debut solo album Southern Gravity (out April 7 via Streamsound Records), that voice is undeniable.

Southern Gravity is a joyous and inspirational album, yet it was born out of tumultuous, even tragic, change. As such, it is a purging of all that Kristian has weathered since 2011 — the year that the stage rigging collapsed during a storm prior to Sugarland’s show at the Indiana State Fair. That horrific accident was the first of many challenges, both public and personal, for the heart-on-his-sleeve artist.

Over its dozen tracks, however, Southern Gravity became Kristian’s musical assurance that everything was going to be okay.

“These songs are like post-it notes that you might put around your house as inspirational reminders,” says Kristian. “I listen to them for that reason…

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