Sugarland - "Stuck Like Glue"
Consisting of singer-songwriters Jennifer Nettles (lead vocals) and Kristian Bush (vocals, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and harmonica) Sugarland is this generations country starlets. Like Duos the Judds or Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland picks up the mantle of powerhouse duos that walk the line between sincerity and hilarity with as many touching songs as they have silly ones. Sugarland was founded in 2002 by Kristen Hall with Bush and became a trio after hiring Jennifer Nettles as lead vocalist.
Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2004, Sugarland broke through that year with the release of their debut single "Baby Girl", the first single from their multi-platinum debut album Twice the Speed of Life. Hall left in 2006 before the group released its second album, Enjoy the Ride. This album produced their first two No. 1 singles (in the U.S.), "Want To" and "Settlin'", and won the duo a Grammy for "Stay". In 2008 they released their third album, titled Love on the Inside. This album produced three more No. 1 singles with "All I Want to Do", "Already Gone", and "It Happens". Their fourth album, The Incredible Machine was released on October 19, 2010 in both a standard and deluxe edition. Upon The Incredible Machine being certified platinum, Sugarland has sold in excess of 14 million records. Besides songs written with Kevin Griffin, Nettles and Bush write all of the band's songs. In 2012, after recording a series of tours, the duo went on hiatus due in part to Nettles taking a maternity leave; during the hiatus, both she and Bush recorded solo projects.
"We write songs for different reasons. There are some songs that we want to change your life and there are some that we just want to change your day. That’s what ‘Stuck like Glue’ is," Jennifer laughs. "We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and that’s what fans love." They also flock to Jennifer’s knack for finding the voice of everywoman—or even everyman. One of Sugarland’s many gifts is their ability to write lyrics that transcend gender, like in their 2004 breakout hit "Baby Girl." On The Incredible Machine, the proof is in the acoustic "Little Miss," a profile of a woman who tries to handle everything, all by herself. "I saw my mom as that person. I see pieces of it in my own daughter. Jennifer is certainly one of those women," Kristian says.
So today, sticky and happy, I choose Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue" as my, not too serious, serious about silliness, happy to be scrappy, song for a, well why not now, why not me, why not fly Friday.