Sugarland’s well-oiled “Incredible Machine Tour”
In October 2010, Sugarland gave fans a sneak peek of their soon to be released album The Incredible Machine Tour at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Due out October 19, the first single, Stuck Like Glue, has already hit the airwaves having been released on radio and iTunes on July 23, 2010. Not sweet and demure like the name Sugarland would suggest, lead singer Jennifer Nettles can belt them out. What was incredible about the Incredible Machine Tour, besides the eclectic playlist, was the magnificent backdrop for the show. Reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi movie masterpiece, Metropolis, the stage was a resplendent display of machinery which no doubt took the crew more time to set up than the sound equipment, which they put together like a well-oiled ‘machine.’Also on the bill was Randy Montana, son of singer-songwriter Billy Montana, and Little Big Town. What’s unique about American country music vocal group, Little Big Town, is that the group is still comprised of the same four members since the band’s inception in 1998. Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet sing four-part vocal harmonies with all four members alternating as lead singer.
Coincidentally, lead singer, Jennifer Nettles, for the Grammy-winning country-pop group, was featured in the Parade section of the Sunday paper. She has launched a non-profit organization named Attic Community Playground to develop and underwrite the arts curriculum for schools. Good timing on her part as funding for arts education has been drastically cut. Nettles states that music was a safe haven for her as a child, giving her an outlet to express her emotions and providing a positive venue for children who are sujbect to negative influences. Nettles has been performing since age 6, and writing songs since age 11.
The only thing amiss at Saturday’s concert was country singing sensation, Julianne Hough, who has made some appearances with Sugarland on the Incredible Machine Tour. If you remember, Hough was the youngest winning professional dancer on Dancing With The Stars, winning back-to-back with Olympic Gold Medalist speed skater, Apolo Anton Ohno, and 3-time winning Indianapolis 500 champion, Helio Castroneves. She’s definitely made her mark as a country singer having been nominated for the Top New Female Vocalist Award (a fan voted award) which she subsequently won, as well as Top New Artist award at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2009. Her self-titled debut album debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200.
There were a few seats still available that Hough’s presence might have filled, and it certainly would have benefitted Jennifer Nettles non-profit organization to have played to a full house. Very little information turned up when doing a Google search. Although Nettles resides in Atlanta, GA, when not touring, the Internet only provided the following address for the Attic Community Playground: 513 W. Oak St., Denton, TX, 76301. I’m sure this non-profit machine will soon be up and running as smoothly as Nettles and Sugarland did at the Pavilion.
Photo sourced from Pavilion Facebook.
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