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Sugarland Taking Tips From Kenny Chesney

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Touring with Kenny Chesney this year has been like summer school for the country duo Sugarland.

The Atlanta group’s Kristian Bush says that the education’s come not just from watching Chesney work his particular magic in front of a crowd, but also from his crew.

“They have knowledge that you just can’t get anywhere else about how to do it,” says Bush, 36, who formed Sugarland in 2003 with singers Jennifer Nettles and Kristen Hall, the latter of whom left in 2006. “To just watch all the logistics of it is really amazing. This is a wonderful man to learn from.”

It’s timely, too, as Bush and Nettles will launch their first headlining tour in the fall and have stadium-filling aspirations of their own.

“I think we do more than sit around and dream about it — we actually talk about it every morning,” Bush says with a laugh. “We want this, and we think it’ll likely happen. It’ll just take a while to get there.”

Besides the next tour, Sugarland also is plotting its third album — the follow-up to last year’s platinum “Enjoy the Ride,” which is enjoying its third single, “Everyday America.” Bush says he and Nettles are “six or seven songs in” on the album, and after recording “Enjoying the Ride” “very quickly and under touring duress,” they hope to “overwrite” this time.

“My dream is to have 25 songs ready and then pick 10 of them for the album,” Bush explains. “My brother and I talk sometimes about how the music business gives you three albums, and if they all grow, you get grandfathered into the next three.

“So we have high expectations for ourselves, and we hope folks around us expect the same thing.”

Sugarland performs with Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sarah Evans and Pat Green at 4:30 p.m. Saturday (August 19th) at Ford Field, 2000 Brush St., Detroit. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 262-2003 or visit www.fordfield.com.

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