“Oh my God, oh my God!” screamed respected WSM announcer Eddie Stubbs as he sprinted down 16th Avenue wearing nothing but his polyester dress socks.
Meanwhile, staffers at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum were seen carting decades-old relics to a nearby dumpster, clearing space for a steampunk-themed overhaul of the whole museum. “Kristian Bush has promised to donate some of his hats, so I don’t see what use we have for Mother Maybelle’s guitar anymore,” said museum curator Mick Buck, tossing aside a well-worn 1928 Gibson L-5.
These are just a couple of the scenes that have played out around town over the past 24 hours, as Music City USA reacts to the life-changing release of Sugarland’s new album, The Incredible Machine. Incredible doesn’t even begin to describe it.
“This is the biggest thing to happen to country music in 2010,” opined Tim McGraw, whose Nashville Rising benefit concert in June raised $2.2 million for recovery efforts in Middle Tennessee following May’s epic flood. “That little storm seemed like a big deal right up until I heard the opening notes of ‘All We Are’… Now I can’t even remember the words to any of my own songs, or much of anything else about my life up to this point. What Kristian Bush has accomplished here is… is… sweet deep-fried turducken, I’d sell my children! AAAUUUGGGGGHHH!” he screamed, collapsing to a heap on the floor.
According to Kristian Bush, the praise is nice but not exactly unexpected.
“Every time we’ve challenged the fans and the industry with something we thought would be too wild for them, they’ve embraced it. So we felt comfortable enough to really experiment this time, and I think what we came up with will change the course of human history. We’re stretching the boundaries of country music in a way that’s never been done before. After hearing what we’re doing, you’d have to be an idiot to still like Hank Williams… or to detect any similarity at all between what he did and this. It’s just a whole new, much better, ballgame.”
Bush added: “And when I say ‘we,’ I mean me and the girl who helps me out in the band, Jen. She’s a real talent herself, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see her taking a more vocal role as time goes on.”
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