As part of Country Music Month’s promotions, events, and activities spotlighting the genre and leading up to the annual CMA Awards on Thursday, Nov. 1, the CMA Songwriters Series will return to Nashville on Wednesday, Oct. 31 (9:00 PM/CT) at Marathon Music Works.
Featuring Kristian Bush, Brantley Gilbert, and host Bob DiPiero, the CMA Songwriters Series allows music fans insight into the stories behind some of their favorite songs.
Sugarland’s Kristian Bush joined the CMA Songwriters Series for two shows this week, playing L.A.’s House of Blues and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona alongside country music songwriting superstars Bob DiPiero, Bobby Pinson, and the legendary Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. Both nights were intimate gatherings peppered with lots of laughter, as all four men cracked wise, delivered well-honed one-liners, and told the (often hilarious) stories behind their songs before performing them live.
Still deciding which tacky Christmas sweater to get mom this year? Maybe it’s time to switch things up a bit and get your loved ones something they will actually like! Sugarland’s Kristian Bush is here to help with his annual gift guide complete with items he liked this year and a touch of some he wants.
This detailed list includes hot items like iPad cases, wooden sunglasses from Portland, a Pashley Guv’nor Bicycle, and a Fletcher shirt/jacket. Click HERE to see Kristian’s complete list as well as his entertaining commentary on each item.
On a mission to reveal St. Nick’s true identity, a young Brad Paisley thought he’d outsmart the big guy by rigging a recording device by the family Christmas tree. “It was about third or fourth grade I was starting to get the hint that maybe there wasn’t a Santa Claus, which there is, by the way,” Paisley says. “But I wanted to prove it once and for all, so I [took] a tape recorder, pressed record, stuck it behind the Christmas tree and left it on, hoping that I would hear whomever was going to place the presents. [But] I forgot to plug it in.” That or Santa pulled the plug on Paisley’s plan.
Kristian Bush – Sugarland
As a struggling musician, Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush tapped into his talents to come up with creative, one-of-a-kind gifts for his family and friends. “One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is record Christmas songs,” Bush says. “When I was really broke, [I didn't] have enough money for gifts. There’s just so many years you can make olive oil with stuff in it. But my brother and I got to the point where we could trade out some recording time, so we’d go in and record Christmas songs and give them to our family and friends. My mom used to love them. She would play them over and over again.”
For Chris Young, growing up watching the television classic Rudolph, The Red-NosedReindeer was more childhood trauma than yuletide drama. “I was afraid of the Abominable Snowman when I was a kid,” Young admits. “There’s that whole scene where he comes up over the top of the mountains and his hair flies up…. Anytime I got left in the car by myself [and] it was wintertime, I was afraid the Abominable Snowman was going to come get me. It was terrible.”
Reba‘s older brother Pake is probably wishing he had put more thought into his wardrobe choices during their childhood Christmases. “The funniest thing I can always remember about Christmastime is my older brother Pake,” Reba says. “When we were kids at home, he’d always be the first one to jump out of bed and run down the hall with his underwear on, and he’d say, ‘If y’all don’t hurry up and get up and get in here, I’m going to open all the presents by myself.’ It was a standing rule that we’d all have to be in there before anyone could open a present. But I can still see Pake running down the hall.”
Christmas shopping for the Josh Turner has taken on new meaning as his family grows. “It was all about us, but since they’ve come along, we couldn’t care less what we get,” Turner says of the change in focus he and wife Jennifer have experienced. “As parents, we get much more satisfaction out of watching [them] open presents Christmas morning than we get out of opening our own.” The Turners have three sons, the youngest being born just this month.
Kristian Bush shares his Christmas wish list. Perhaps his list of “awesomeness” may give you a guide to your holiday shopping!!
Every year my friends and family come asking for a wish list of things I might want for the holidays. In my heart I know that since jet packs haven’t really been invented yet, and that a BMW is a bit out of reach, and that Virgin Air isn’t booking space flight by this Christmas, really a gift for me is anyone’s game. My default answer is: Toys. Get me a toy. How about a yo-yo or some silly putty or maybe a balsa wood glider? It always reminds me to be a kid in a world with a great deal of grownup in it. Somehow I always end up giving toys as gifts, maybe in hopes of activating some karmic holiday spell that would attract a bucketful of plastic and wooden goodies.
Toys aside, it turns out that the best gifts I’ve ever given are the ones that I would have considered keeping for myself. In light of that, I’ve compiled my first ever gift guide. Let’s call it “Kristian’s Big List of 2010 Holiday Awesomeness.”
One big disclaimer before you read on: I have no idea who you’re shopping for, or what this season’s trendy Christmas must-have is, so if you’re looking for a shortcut, I may not be it. But if you were to ask me what gift to give, what would make your best friend’s smile the size of Texas, here are my recommendations. These are the best things I’ve found this year.
Click HERE to see Kristian’s Big List of 2010 Holiday Awesomeness!