Sugarland Slims Down For New 'Ride'

Breakthrough country act Sugarland has set a Nov. 7 release date for its sophomore Mercury album, "Enjoy the Ride." The group, which has slimmed down from a trio to a duo since the release of its smas

Breakthrough country act Sugarland has set a Nov. 7 release date for its sophomore Mercury album, "Enjoy the Ride." The group, which has slimmed down from a trio to a duo since the release of its smash 2004 debut, "Twice the Speed of Life," wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks on the project.

First single "Want To" is already making noise on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where it is No. 30 in its second week. The group produced the new album with country veteran Byron Gallimore.

"It has the fun, sass and positivity that everyone expects from Sugarland with a few pleasant emotional surprises," says group member Jennifer Nettles. "It is the next level for us and a true musical evolution."

Sugarland received an unexpected boost of mainstream visibility thanks to Nettles' appearance on the Bon Jovi single "Who Says You Can't Go Home," which netted the veteran rock act its first-ever No. 1 hit on Hot Country Songs. The group was also nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy.

Sugarland has already mapped out tour dates well into the fall, including several shows opening for Brooks & Dunn. The two acts next play Saturday (Aug. 19) in Moncton, New Brunswick.