Little Big Town is Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, a group famous for their trademark four-part harmonies. In their solid 13-year career, they’ve sold 1.5 million records, racked up multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations and crafted Top 10 country hits – “Boondocks” and “Bring It On Home” from their platinum 2005 album The Road to Here, and “Little White Church” from their acclaimed 2010 release, The Reason Why.
For their new album, Tornado, LBT went into the studio with the attitude, “Less thinking, more singing.” To keep the sessions feeling organic and relaxed, their producer, Jay Joyce asked the band to pretend that they were on tour; each session was treated like a live show. “He told us to come in dressed to go on stage, and to do whatever we normally do before we play a show,” says Karen. “We’d go to dinner and come back laughing with some drinks in us, in a great mood,” Phillip remembers.” And it continued into the studio.
Obviously this approach paid off – they landed the “CMA Vocal Group of the Year Award” in November.
The first point of action was clocking the languid, sexy strains of “Pontoon,” the album’s first single. “We did it first because we wanted to start out having fun,” Karen says. “There was a psychology to how we did things.” A buoyant, light-hearted sing-along, “Pontoon” joins a whole host of tracks on the album such as singles like “Tornado” and the yearning ballad “Your Side of the Bed.”
Hear Little Big Town’s latest tunes and more when they bring their energetic live show to Fraze Pavilion for the first time this summer!
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Christopher Stapleton has made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter-musician. Songwriting credits include four number one songs like “Never Wanted Nothing More” recorded by Kenny Chesney, “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” recorded by George Strait, and “Come Back Song” recorded by Darius Rucker. As a writer for Sea Gayle Music, over 150 of Stapleton’s songs have appeared on albums by such artists as Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley.
Between 2008 and 2010, Stapleton was the lead singer and guitarist of the critically acclaimed bluegrass band The SteelDrivers. As a member of The SteelDrivers, Stapleton earned three Grammy Award nominations including “Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for the song “Where Rainbows Never Die” and “Best Bluegrass Album,” and won an International Bluegrass Music Association Award for “Emerging Artist of the Year.” He has won six ASCAP Awards and has contributed to the soundtracks of several feature films including Cars 2 and Valentine’s Day.
Now a solo artist, his first single, “What Are You Listening To”, is hitting airwaves. Catch him on tour with Little Big Town this summer at Fraze!
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