Little Big Town
Together since 1999, the four voices of bandmates Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet combine to create Little Big Town.
The group's self-titled debut album bowed in 2002. By 2005, Little Big Town was recording for Equity Records which released the group's album The Road to Here. Four songs from the project-"Boondocks," "Bring It On Home," "Good As Gone" and "A Little More You"-helped solidify the Little Big Town's place as one of country music's most popular new bands. For four consecutive years, the group earned vocal group of the year nominations from the Country Music Association, signifying industry recognition as well.
Once the Equity label folded, the future of the band's latest album, A Place to Land, was uncertain. Fortunately, Little Big Town found a place to land at a new label, Capitol Records, and A Place to Land was reissued in 2008 with bonus songs. The breakout hit "Life in a Northern Town," a live collaboration featuring Sugarland and Jake Owen on the 1986 Dream Academy hit, appears on the reissued album.
The group celebrated their first No. 1 single, "Pontoon" and a week later released Tornado in the fall of 2012
It takes a perfect storm to make a great album – an audacious mix of tension and release, passion and calm, love and violence.
These attributes were exactly what Little Big Town had in their corner as they blew into the studiofor the whirlwind recording session that produced their strongest work yet, their aptly titled fifth album, Tornado.
The group didn’t set out to break any land speed records in the studio even though the majority of Tornado took just seven days to record.
For a band of Little Big Town’s stature, experience and esteem, this level of transparency and the decision to take the road less traveled into the studio are bold moves - ones they’re proud to have taken. “I read a quote recently that said you should do something everyday that scares you – it’s good for you,” Phillip says. “Well, at the beginning we were scared and nervous. But we would have never dreamed that it would come together so beautifully.”
Indeed, both gorgeous and fearsome, Tornado is nothing short of a force of nature.