In an unexpected act of artistic reciprocation, singer-songwriter Steve Earle has penned a song about country hit-making duo Sugarland. The four minute drum-looped ditty, entitled “Land of Sugar,” chronicles the group’s rise to stardom amid the atmosphere of darkness and repression brought on by the evil George W. Bush administration.
“I just wanted to praise this talented duo, that once was a trio, for prevailing in the face of such times of uncertainty and diminished rights… I mean, I cut my musical teeth in the utter dark ages of the Reagan era, so I know what that sh*t’s all about,” said Earle in a recent interview.
Earle admitted to never having heard a Sugarland song until his producer played him the group’s ode to the man himself. “I thought it was pretty fun stuff… you know, not really traditional-sounding or anything,” said Earle, who in recent years has experimented with electronic effects and canned beats. “Nothing wrong with a little song to make you smile now and then.”
Sugarland lead vocalist Jennifer Nettles reportedly blushed when she heard that Steve had written a song for her, just as she had famously requested on track 11 of Sugarland’s Love on the Inside. However, Nettles confesses that she was a bit taken aback when she first heard the lyrics, which include lines like “Wire taps and blackballs, chainin’ Iraqis to the walls, despite all that, they made it y’all.” Ever genial, Nettles laughs: “Well, it’s still sweet that he wrote one about me … err, I mean, us.”
Earle’s fourth fifth current wife Allison Moorer provides backing vocals on the track, which is expected to be a bonus cut on his forthcoming album, Socialist Serenade.
Reported by “Trailer” Parkman of Farce the Music