Kristian Bush has released a new tune just in time for summer, “Little Umbrellas.” The track is the first from his upcoming summer-themed, seven-song EP, Drink Happy Thoughts, available July 14.
“I love the tightrope I imagine this guy walking, knowing that if he starts thinking of his old love, he will fall apart and that the little umbrellas he is collecting as he keeps drinking to forget her will never stop his tears or a storm if it rolls in,” says Bush about the new song.
Bush is channeling a lifetime of blue skies and sandy memories into Drink Happy Thoughts. He started scuba diving at 11 when his dad fibbed to an east Tennessee instructor about his age so he could begin lessons one year early, which started his love affair with the carefree beach life.
“As the ‘70s turned into the ‘80s, I found myself along for the ride with Dad and his buddies as they hit every dive site they could schedule between Tennessee and Key West,” Bush says. “After the dives, they would pile into roadside motels, sit outside, tell stories about what they saw in the deep, drink, and listen to Jimmy Buffett.”
Between his youth spent listening to Buffet and four tours opening for Kenny Chesney, Bush is fluent in the sun-kissed stories, easy melodies and danceable grooves that he saw unite stadiums of people. Inspired by those memories, he wrote the Drink Happy Thoughts EP over three weeks.
“I hope you put it on and listen all summer long, in a boat, by a pool, in the ocean, or by a beach,” he says. “Take me with you.”
Drink Happy Thoughts Track List:
1. “Drink By Drink” – Kristian Bush
2. “Little Umbrellas” – Kristian Bush
3. “Working Hard At Hardly Working” – Kristian Bush
4. “No Tell Motel Room Key” – Kristian Bush, Brandon Bush and Tim Owens
5. “Drink Happy Thoughts” – Kristian Bush
6. “Pretty Good Story To Tell” – Kristian Bush
7. “Drink Happy Thoughts” (Island Mix) – Kristian Bush
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