Kristian Bush’s first solo album, ’Southern Gravity’, was released this week, and while this record has a happy, upbeat vibe, he says it also comes from a place when a lot of sadness was weighing on him. The sadness he felt stems from the 2011 stage collapse at Sugarland’s concert at the Indiana State Fair, which left seven people dead and nearly 100 injured.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Country, Kristian opened up about the stage collapse for the first time, saying it is finally time for him to talk about it. “One of the reasons why I thought it was important to talk about this story for the first time, was so that people understand what this album is. It’s one thing to listen to it and hear it as sunshine. It’s another thing to listen to it and hear it as sunshine into a cave. It’s been dark in there for a long time.”
He also talked about his silence about it. “I wasn’t able to contact anyone who got hurt. There was nobody to call, nobody to talk to. Legally, no one knew what to do. They said, ‘Look, you’ve got to be quiet.’ So that’s what I did. This literally might be the first time I’ve talked to a person I’m not related to about it.”
He also openly revealed for the first time that he is divorced from Jill, an event in his life that happened less than three months after the stage collapse. The divorce wasn’t highly publicized because they asked the court to seal it, which Kristian says he is forever grateful for but is talking about as he feels it’s important to understanding the record. “I’ve got to tell you the story so you can understand the record.”
In other words, the new album gave Kristian an outlet to channel his feelings. He shares, “It felt like I didn’t have to be as quiet as I was feeling. I couldn’t tell people what I was going through, but I could sing it to them.”