Even in this day and age of piecemeal digital downloading, Kristian Bush put a lot of effort into the sequencing of his new album, Southern Gravity, out this week.
“I’m into the way an album translates in its order and sounds. There’s a whole package involved,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. “If you’re able to spend the 40-something minutes with me, I want you to go somewhere.”
Thus, the LP’s first track is arguably his most important, as the Sugarland guitarist makes his transition to solo artist with the collection — with most listeners hearing his voice on lead for the first time. He also wanted to kick off the record with a melody and lyrics indicative of the entire album’s tone, which is, for the most part, uplifting. So, the Tennessee native chose a tune he co-wrote with Rodney Clawson and Jeff Cohen, “Make Another Memory.”
“‘Make Another Memory’ comes right out of the box and goes right for the jugular. It’s like, ‘Hello! It’s time to play music,'” Bush says. “It reminds me what I used to feel like when I’d listen to a new Replacements record — it would come out and just kick me in the face. I thought, ‘That’s the perfect song for this.’ Everyone doesn’t know what to expect. They’re going to put the CD in, hit play and this is what’s gonna come out. It’s nerve-racking. It lets you know that I’m interested in being on the radio, it lets you know that I can sing and it lets you know that I’m a huge Springsteen fan!”
In the live video above, Bush performs the whimsical love song at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios. He’s currently on the road in support of Southern Gravity, with a stop at the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday, April 11th. Read our candid interview with the musician about how his upbeat album was actually inspired by tragedy here.