After a decade with his multi-platinum selling duo, Sugarland, Kristian Bush is stepping out with his debut solo single, “Trailer Hitch.” The lyrics speak to the joys of living simply and not getting bogged down with possessions, a philosophy that’s more than just some lofty idea for Kristian. As he flies across the country from show to show, traveling light has become a necessity.
Kristian tells ABC News Radio, “I don’t know how recently you’ve been on an airplane, but they can get pretty aggressive about this, ‘Two bags! You get two bags! Put your largest bag in the overhead,’ or whatever it is. You seem to be rewarded if, for some reason, you have less.”
Avoiding attachment to inanimate objects isn’t hard for Kristian, since he’s prone to leave things behind on planes all the time. “I have left my hat underneath the chair in front of me on an airplane three times in the last month,” Kristian says with a laugh. “I have to buy more hats. But I do believe that it feels good when things are just a little simpler. Things are just complicated!”
“Trailer Hitch” is the lead single from Kristian’s upcoming solo project, Southern Gravity. In the last two years, Kristian has written more than 300 songs, including the ones that will end up on his album. In an effort not to forget the songs, Kristian began recording himself singing the songs as he wrote them. He says, “I noticed after about six or seven months that I was singing four or five hours a day, five days a week, right? And I didn’t realize I was doing it!”
All of that vocal exercise paid off when Kristian hit the road on his current Put Your Soul In It tour and found his voice is now stronger than ever. In fact, he’s hitting notes he’s never been able to hit before.
“There are songs that I can sing where I’m getting closer to the Aretha Franklin voice that’s in my brain when I write some of these songs,” Kristian says. “There’s just a lot more control involved.”
He adds, “It’s exciting! It’s exciting to feel that change.”
“Trailer Hitch” is now available at iTunes. Check out the lyric video on YouTube as well.
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