Southern Gravity

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Southern Gravity
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Studio album by Kristian Bush
Released April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)
Genre Country
Length 44:30
Label Streamsound
Producer
Singles from Southern Gravity
  1. "Trailer Hitch"
    Released: July 28, 2014
  2. "Light Me Up"
    Released: June 1, 2015

Southern Gravity is the debut solo studio album by American country music singer Kristian Bush, one half of the duo Sugarland. It was released on April 7, 2015 via Streamsound Records

Content[edit]

Bush revealed the track list and title of the album on January 28, 2015. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said, "I want people to go, 'I had no idea!' Using my voice is something I've shied away from, and I can't believe what a tool it is."[1] Jon Freeman of Country Weekly described the album's content as "a remarkably positive album…with only 'House on the Beach' alluding to an air of exhaustion and 'Feeling Fine California' occurring in the bewildering in the aftermath of a breakup. In large part, the songs are as sunny and personable as the man who wrote and recorded them."[2] Marrissa Moss of Rolling Stone noted influences of Steve Earle, Zac Brown Band, and Jason Mraz in Bush's work for the album.[1]

The album's first single is "Trailer Hitch". Bush co-wrote all 12 songs, and co-produced the album with Tom Tapley; Byron Gallimore is the album's executive producer.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe reviewed the album favorably, saying that Bush "offer[s] up a collection of catchy radio-ready tunes that don’t go too heavy on the gloss and play up his rootsy leanings" and "Bush takes center stage behind the microphone for the first time and shows off his pleasantly gritty vocals as he waxes mostly chipper about life, love, and what it all means."[3] Giving it a B+, Bob Paxman of Country Weekly wrote that "overall, you’ll be drawn to the good and positive vibes, delivered with Kristian’s laid-back but soulful style, unbelievably catchy melodies and warm sentiments. "[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Make Another Memory"Kristian Bush, Jeff Cohen, Rodney Clawson3:11
2."Light Me Up"K. Bush, Jesse Rice3:33
3."Trailer Hitch"K. Bush, Brandon Bush, Tim Owens2:50
4."Southern Gravity"K. Bush, Scooter Carusoe4:12
5."Flip Flops"K. Bush, Cohen, Paul Overstreet3:42
6."Giving It Up"K. Bush, Cohen, Tom Douglas3:51
7."Feeling Fine California"K. Bush, Cohen, Overstreet4:24
8."Waiting on an Angel"K. Bush, Cohen, Bob DiPiero3:15
9."Walk Tall"K. Bush, Cohen, Nathaniel "Bo" Rinehart, William "Bear" Rinehart3:58
10."Sending You a Sunset"K. Bush, Tim Owens3:57
11."Sweet Love"K. Bush, Cohen, Phil Barton, Sherrié Austin3:44
12."House on a Beach"K. Bush, Canaan Smith3:48

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at 160 and the Top Country Albums chart at No. 16, selling 3,700 copies for the week in the US.[5]

Album[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 31
Australia Country Albums (ARIA)[7] 6
UK Country Albums (OCC)[8] 6
US Billboard 200[9] 160
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[10] 16
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[11] 5
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[12] 17

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US Country Airplay US Bubbling CAN Country
2014 "Trailer Hitch" 25 21 9 44
2015 "Light Me Up" 60

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Moss, Marrissa (28 January 2015). "Kristian Bush's 'Southern Gravity' Album Not Weighed Down by Stereotypes". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. ^ Freeman, Jon (13 April 2015). "Applying Gravity: With his solo album, Kristian Bush makes a case for himself as country's most eclectic songwriter". Country Weekly. 22 (15). ISSN 1074-3235.
  3. ^ Rodman, Sarah (6 April 2015). "Kristian Bush, 'Southern Gravity'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. ^ Paxman, Bob (6 April 2015). "Kristian Bush, Southern Gravity". Country Weekly. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  5. ^ Matt Bjorke (April 15, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For April 15, 2015". Roughstock. Sales figure given here
  6. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Kristian Bush – Southern Gravity". Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "ARIA Report (Issue #1308)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "Official Country Artists Albums Chart Top 20". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Kristian Bush Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Kristian Bush Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Kristian Bush Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Kristian Bush Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.