Country’s Grammy-award winning duo Sugarland opened up the concert season at Phoenix’s Cricket Pavilion last night with their “Incredible Machine Tour.” The multi-platinum selling artists put on a dynamic set, revisiting staples like “Already Gone” and “Stay” while also giving a sneak preview of their new album material with a “Hey, hey, things are looking better” song that segued into Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”
Sugarland’s bassist Annie Clements enjoyed several moments in the spotlight, laying down the low end on her Fender Jazz Bass with Jennifer Nettles on “It Happens” and then providing background vocals during one of the evening’s highlights – a mash-up of Beyoncé’s“Single Ladies,” Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” and Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA.”
On the opposite side of the stage, guitarist Thad Beaty put his new Fender American Vintage Jazzmaster to use.
Known for playing hip covers, Sugarland also traveled back to the ‘70s during one of their encore numbers with Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” a tune that saw Kristian Bush jamming on his Fender Joe Strummer Telecaster, a birthday present from his band last year.
Although not from last night, here’s a video of what’s in store for anyone catching the “Incredible Machine Tour” this spring and summer.