PRE-SAVE "HUNT DOG HUNT"
Kristian Bush is doing a deep dive into his Appalachian roots with new single "Hunt Dog Hunt" out Nov. 5.
"A lot of times when people see my name next to a song, people expect joy,” Bush said. “‘Hunt Dog Hunt’ is exactly that.”
"Hunt Dog Hunt" is the debut single from his new album Troubadour. Available Nov. 19, the 16-song collection is the soundtrack to Bush’s beloved country music musical of the same name that debuted in Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre to rave reviews.
Bush’s theater prowess landed him a spot in Billboard (read HERE) earlier this year.
Half of the Grammy-winning country duo Sugarland, Bush grew up in East Tennessee's Smoky Mountains swathed in primitive mountain music and inescapable bluegrass tradition. He marries his heritage with his finely tuned song-crafting skills on Troubadour. The album begins with traditional 1930's bluegrass and progresses through the decades to land on a timeless Americana dynamic. The album's lead single "Hunt Dog Hunt" is a jaunty throwback Southern bop that celebrates the string band sound and old-time storytelling.
To respect the time period the songs reflect, Bush assembled a group of players familiar with the style and recorded the album live in one room in his Atlanta studio. They gathered in a circle and honed the unique blend of harmonies until they mimicked what Bush remembered hearing in church as a child.
"It's a very spooky thing when we get it right," Bush said. "You don't know where one note ends and the other begins. They all start to move together, and they're making a color that only people from the mountains make."
Bush wrote or co-wrote every song on the album.
"One way or another, where you grew up is what's in your bones," Bush said. "As many wonderful, crazy opportunities as I get in my life to go play music, you have to know where you're from because otherwise, you'll have no idea where you're going. This record is me."