Sugarland’s New Album Unveiled in Carnival Setting

Music Row regulars mingled with fans Tuesday evening (Oct. 24) at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds when Sugarland performed at an outdoor party celebrating the upcoming release of the duo’s new album, Enjoy the Ride. Fans from as far away as Atlanta, Sugarland’s home territory, traveled by cars and buses to attend the party which featured carnival rides and an appropriate array of food, including popcorn, pretzels, candied apples, funnel cakes and barbecue. With a fall temperature in the high-to-mid 40s, many washed away the chill with a life-affirming elixir of hot cider and Jack Daniel’s. Ninety minutes after the party began, Sugarland — Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush — were backed by a five-piece band to perform material from the new album and more familiar material, including the opening number, “Something More.” After a few songs, Nettles asked the crowd, “How’s the hot cider and whiskey? That’s where I’m headed after the final note.” Enjoy the Ride will be released Nov. 7.