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Little Big Town

Little Big Town

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Biography

Fast Facts About Little Big Town

Little Big Town is a highly successful country band from Homewood, Alabama. The band’s lineup comprises Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook. Each of the band’s core members provides vocals on their songs, often singing four-part harmonies, which are a signature element of Little Big Town’s sound. 

Little Big Town: The Early Days

  • The band formed in 1998 and went on to sign with Monument Records in 2002. They released their self-titled debut that year via Monument. The album included the singles “Don’t Waste My Time” and “Everything Changes.” 
  • Before becoming a foursome, the band was a dual effort between Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild. Karen had previously been a member of KarenLeigh, a Christian group that dissolved after the formation of Little Big Town. The other half of KarenLeigh, Leigh Cappillino, went on to become a member of Point of Grace, an acclaimed Christian vocal group. 
  • The band’s earliest other members included Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, who are now country stars in their own right as members of Rascal Flatts. However, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet ended up becoming permanent male members of the band.
  • The name “Little Big Town” was inspired by the name of a music publishing group that no longer exists. Little Big Town Music, which was previously a part of the Nashville music scene, had a name that Jimi Westbrook thought fit the band perfectly.
  • Although they are now signed to Capitol Nashville, the band has switched labels multiple times in their careers. They started with Mercury Nashville, who dropped the band before they had released any music. They were then picked up by Monument Records and later switched over to Equity Music Group, with whom they released their breakthrough sophomore album.
  • The band’s second release, The Road to Here, was the album that made them a household name. Certified Platinum in the US and nominated for multiple Grammys, the album includes the singles “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good as Gone,” and “A Little More You.” 
  • Kimberly Schlapman is the most financially successful member of the band, with an estimated net worth of $12.5 million. 
instruments played
bass
drums
Guitar
Vocals
Genres

Country

Labels

Mercury Nashville
Monument
Equity
Capitol Nashville

Origin

Homewood, Alabama, U.S.

Years Active

1998apresent

Little Big Town: The Music

With their first album, Little Big Town, the band found minor success in the country music scene. However, it wasn’t until the release of their follow-up in 2005 that the band broke through. Following the release of The Road to Here, the band collaborated with John Mellencamp and started working on a third record.

A Place to Land

A Place to Land, the band’s third record, was released in November 2007. Featuring the single “I’m with the Band,” which peaked at No. 32 on the country charts, the album was met with positive reviews from critics and was followed by a reissue with bonus tracks.  One of these tracks was “Life in a Northern Town,” a cover of the 80s hit by The Dream Academy. The live recording featured vocals by Jake Owen and Sugarland.

The Reason Why

The band released their fourth album, The Reason Why, in August 2010 via Capitol Nashville. They split with Equity Records after the release of A Place to Land, but they continued working with Wayne Kirkpatrick, who had helped them write and produce their previous album.  The Reason Why is one of the band’s most critically acclaimed records, with many critics comparing its single “Little White Church” to earlier songs in the band’s discography. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. 

Tornado

In 2012, Little Big Town released Tornado, their fifth studio album, via Capitol Nashville. Produced by Jay Joyce, the album features several platinum singles, including “Tornado” and “Pontoon.”  Allmusic gave the album a ⅘ star review, praising the band for their seamless transition into poppier territory. The band was compared by Allmusic to Fleetwood Mac, with critic Thomas Erlewine describing Little Big Town as “re-creating the nimble soft rock of the Mac’s ‘80s peak.” 

Pain Killer

In 2014, Little Big Town released Pain Killer, another record produced by Jay Joyce. Featuring the singles “Day Drinking,” “Girl Crush,” and “Pain Killer,” the album was certified Platinum in the US and peaked at No. 10 on the US country albums chart.  Billboard described the album as a “tour de force,” giving it a four-star review. Critic Melinda Newman, writing for Billboard, described the record as an “in-your-face album with rock bombast, though there’s enough occasional twang here to keep the country traditionalists happy.”

Recent Albums

The band has released three more records in the 2010s and 2020s – Wanderlust, The Breaker, and Nightfall. Each of the albums has brought the band further into pop territory, a stylistic shift that has been met with a positive response from both fans and critics. Since then, the band has continued touring and remained on the Capitol Nashville label. They’ve also been nominated for numerous awards, including Grammys and CMAs.

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