Little Big Town has postponed a few more dates on their 2015 Pain Killer Tour, following Jimi Westbrook’s vocal cord surgery a few weeks ago. The band posted a video to their Facebook page, which features Jimi’s mouth taped shut.

    They were set to resume their tour on July 31st at the Delaware State Fair, but it has now been canceled. They’re hopeful to return touring again August 22nd in Avondale, Canada.

    “We are so sad that we have missed y’all this summer. You don’t know how hard it’s been,” says LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman. “We’ve wanted to see your faces, we’ve wanted to hear your voices, and we’re very, very sorry that we haven’t been out there.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: LBT, Dierks, Billy, Scotty, Luke, Sam, Toby

    Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman is taking her cooking show to a brand new network. Kimberly’s Simply Southern will debut on The Cooking Channel on Saturday (July 18th) at 3:30pm ET with special guest Kix Brooks. Future episodes include appearances by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Billy Currington, Brett Eldredge, Jewel and Kimberly’s band mates Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet.

    Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for more than one-million sold.

    Dierks Bentley’s “Say You Do” and Billy Currington’s “We Are Tonight” were certified gold for selling more than 500,000 digital downloads.

    Scotty McCreery will be interviewed on HLN’s Weekend Express with Lynn Smith Saturday (July 18th), in the 7:00 AM / Eastern segment. Scotty stopped by the HLN studios on Friday en route to his concert tonight in Gainesville, Georgia.

    Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” and Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time” are nominated in the country song category at this year’s Teen Choice Awards, alongside Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line and Megan & Liz. The show airs August 16th at 8pm ET on FOX.

    Toby Keith has announced he’ll release his new album, 35 mph Town, October 9th. He co-produced the album with songwriter/producer Bobby Pinson.

    Video / Toby Keith album cover reveal


    NASHVILLE TN (WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2015) – Little Big Town member, Kimberly Schlapman, and her award-winning cooking show Kimberly’s Simply Southern will be coming to Cooking Channel beginning July 18th airing Saturdays at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT. See below for a description of the series and upcoming episode guide.
    Schlapman will appear on The Talk on CBS tomorrow, July 16th (2pm ET/1pm PT/CT), and will be featuring dishes from her cookbook and discussing her hit series.
    Kimberly’s Simply Southern is a one-of-a-kind cooking show featuring country artist and founding member of the band Little Big Town, Kimberly Schlapman. Her passion for making simple, home cooked recipes with her family and country singing friends back home keeps Kimberly hunting for culinary treasures when on the road. In each episode, Kimberly hops off the tour bus to discover America’s best local foods, ingredients and people who share her love of tasty good vittles.
    Premiering Saturday, July 18th at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT – SEASON PREMIERE!
    “Smokin’ Hot BBQ”
    After Kimberly visits a Nashville pitmaster to learn the secrets behind smoking a perfect rack of ribs, she brings her newly learned chops back to the kitchen to cook up some ribs inspired by Tennessee tradition with special guest Kix Brooks.
    Premiering Saturday, July 25th at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
    “The Big Cheese”
    Kimberly visits a little slice of Southern paradise tucked away in the hills of Tennessee where she learns the art of making sheep cheese before joining some friends for another Southern pastime, skeet shooting. She takes some cheese back to the kitchen to whip up a creamy dairy delight. Special Guests include Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet.
    Premiering Saturday, August 1st at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
    “Biscuit Lovin’”
    Nothing says Southern comfort food like fluffy, warm biscuits, and Kimberly visits a Nashville biscuit chef whose food truck serves up decadent, delicious takes on a Southern staple. Back in her home kitchen, she whips up her version of the Southern classic, as well as other biscuit inspired recipes with Executive Chef Rusty Hamlin.
    Premiering Saturday, August 8th at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
    “Deep Sea Fishin’”
    After Kimberly sets sail on the blue waters of Miami to land some of the freshest and most colorful fish around, she scoots back home to whip up a delicious and healthy fish feast with Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.
    Premiering Saturday, August 15th at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
    “The Scoop (On Ice Cream)”
    Kimberly visits an ice cream parlor in Louisville that’s loved by locals and celebrities alike where she samples the rich and delicious flavors and tackles their famous 15-scoop sundae. Back in the kitchen, she whips up some sweet treats of her own with country artist Brett Eldredge.
    Premiering Saturday, August 22nd at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
    “Big Shrimpin’”
    Deep in the Cajun country of Louisiana, Kimberly visits a couple who have been shrimping in the bayou for decades. After showing her the ropes of shrimping and chowing down on some fresh-from-the-pot gumbo, Kimberly heads back to Nashville where she stews up a traditional Louisiana dish inspired by the bayou with special guest Jewel.
    Premiering Saturday, August 29th at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT
    “It’s Chicken Hot In Here!”
    Kimberly visits a famous chicken restaurant to learn the secrets behind one of Nashville’s signature dishes, the spicy hot chicken, while also competing in a fiery eat-off. Afflicted with the fever, Kimberly heads back home to make a bird to set your taste buds ablaze with flavor with special guest Billy Currington.

    NASHVILLE, TN (Thursday, July 9, 2015) – GRAMMY award-winning country group, Little Big Town, makes Billboard history as their reign continues atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for the 11th consecutive week with their smash hit, “Girl Crush.”

    Little Big Town’s 11th week in the #1 spot sets a new record as the longest run by a group (of at least three members) in the chart’s history ousting the previous record set by The Browns with “The Three Bells” in 1959.

    “Crush” additionally logs its third consecutive week and 11th week overall as the #1 country download on the Nielsen SoundScan Digital Country Songs Chart; making it the most downloaded song in country music for 2015 with sales totaling nearly 1.4 million.  The hit single is also currently sitting in the #5 position on the country radio charts and is heading towards a #1 record in the coming weeks.


  • FOURTH OF JULY AUDIO: AJ, Billy, Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Easton, Church, Josh, Kip, Lady A, Lauren, LBT, Luke, Sam, Scotty

    Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks displays, parades, barbecues and concerts. Some of your favorite country stars take time to remember their Fourth of July traditions, memories and what the holiday really means to them.

    Video / Alan Jackson Fourth of July

  • FOURTH OF JULY LINERS: AJ, Billy, Brothers Osborne, Canaan, Darius, David, Easton, Church, Paslay, Gary, Jon, Keith, Lady A, Lauren, LBT, Luke, Mickey, Sam, Scotty, Toby

    Audio / LINER AJ (4th of July)


    “Hey! This is Alan Jackson, wishing you a happy and safe Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (4th of July)


    “Hey guys! I’m Billy Currington, wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Bros Osborne (Fourth of July)


    “Hey y’all! I’m John, and I’m TJ, and we are Brothers Osbourne, wish you a very Happy Fourth of July.”


    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Fourth of July)


    “Hey! What’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Darius (4th of July)


    “Hey y’all, what’s up? This is Darius Rucker, wishing you a very, very happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Darius (Happy Birthday, America)


    “Happy Birthday, America!”

    Audio / LINER David Nail (4th of July)


    “This is David Nail, wishing you a happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (4th of July)


    “Hey! This is Easton Corbin. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (4th of July)


    “Hey this is Eric Church, wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (4th of July)


    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay, wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (4th of July)


    “Hey! This is Gary Allan. Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (4th of July)


    “Hi, it’s Jon Pardi, wishing you a happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (summer)


    Hey everybody, Keith Urban here, wanting to wish you all a fantastic and safe summer. Enjoy the sunshine. Hopefully, you’ll get to spend some time with the ones you love, and hopefully, we’ll also get to see you out on the road.”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (4th of July)


    “Hi! This is Charles, Hillary and Dave of Lady Antebellum, wishing you a happy and safe Fourth of July weekend.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (4th of July)


    “Hey! It’s Lauren Alaina. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (4th of July)


    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy Fourth of July!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (4th of July)


    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, wishing you a very happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (4th of July)


    “Hey! This is Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Fourth of July)


    “Hey everybody! This is Sam Hunt, wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Scotty McCreery (Fourth of July)


    “Hey! This is Scotty McCreery. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

    Audio / LINER Toby Keith (Fourth of July)


    “Hi! It’s Toby Keith, wishing you a safe Fourth of July.”

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Toby, LBT, Kacey, Dierks

    Toby Keith became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony in New York City last week. Comedian and TV show host Stephen Colbert honored him. Songwriter Bobby Braddock (“He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Time Marches On,” “People Are Crazy”), Cyndi Lauper, Jerry Garcia, Linda Perry, Willie Dixon and Robert Hunter were also inducted.

    Little Big Town was featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood over the weekend. The band, who taped their interviews last year and earlier this year, talked about their longevity as a group, their induction into the Grand Ole Opry and their latest smash hit, “Girl Crush.”

    Kacey Musgraves is scheduled to perform on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, the release day of her new album Pageant Material. She’ll also perform on ABC’s The View on Wednesday.

    Dierks Bentley will perform during NBC’s  Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday, July 4th beginning at 8pm ET. Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor are also scheduled to perform.

    Video / LBT on CBS Sunday Morning

  • FATHER’S DAY AUDIO: Canaan, Darius, Dierks, Church, Paslay, Keith, Kip, Lady A, LBT, Sam, Scotty

    Audio / Canaan Smith says his father is a big inspiration.


    Canaan Smith (Father’s Day) OC: …I love him. :35
    “My dad, I think is just the greatest man. He’s always provided for us. He was always there. He was always a great dad. He worked his butt off, you know, and showed me what it was like to work hard and provide for a family, and I just hope I can do that one day too. We’ve always had a special bond. He’s been a songwriter and a singer too for a long, long time, and so I got to grow up listening to him do his thing, sitting in the other room while they do band rehearsal. I’d be sitting on the couch in the other room just taking it all in, dreaming one day to be behind that microphone, so he’s definitely been an inspiration. I love him.”

    Audio / Canaan Smith says his father taught him quite a bit about being a musician.


    Canaan Smith (Father’s Day) 2 OC: …learned that too. :45
    “I learned that music scores chicks. [laughs] My dad had a rehearsal one time at his piano player’s house, and I was sitting on the couch in the living room, and the piano player had two daughters that were around my same age, and they were sitting on either side of me on the couch. I thought I was king of the world, you know, watching this rock and roll band and a girl around each arm, and I was like six-years-old, eight-years-old something like that, old enough to know that was pretty awesome! My dad, he taught me hard work too. It took rehearsals. It took dedication. You can’t just get up on a stage and fly by the seat of your pants. You have to be prepared, and so I learned that too.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker says his kids would say he was a fun dad, unless they did something wrong.


    Darius Rucker (Father’s Day) OC: …loving dad. :41
    “I think if you asked my kids what kind of Dad I was they would probably say…Danny would say that I was a fun Dad. My little daughter would say that I was a fun dad; she thinks I’m a lot of fun. I think if you caught them at the right moment they would say I was mean [laughs] because when I’m home I’m not afraid to discipline them. I’m all fun until it’s not fun anymore and then daddy’s not the fun guy. I think that they’d say that I was a fun Dad, I’m a loving Dad and I think they would say that. I’m gone so much that when I’m home, I just shower love upon my kids. I say ‘I love you’ probably fifty times a day. We hug, we kiss all the time. I’m always wanting them to know how much I love them. So I’d hope they’d say that I was a loving dad.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley is a father of three, and he said it has changed him significantly.


    Dierks Bentley (how fatherhood has changed him) OC: …different. :07
    “There’s a whole kind of universe that opens up that I didn’t know existed, and I’m not the center of it, which is really cool. It just makes you look at everything totally different.”

    Audio / Eric Church describes his father and the qualities he admires in him.


    Eric Church (Father’s Day) OC: …always admired. :29
    “My dad is a, I’m trying to find the right words to describe him. My dad is a great guy, honest guy, very call it like he sees it, which is where I get a lot of that. No BS. I’m gonna tell you how I feel whether you like it or not. I’m that guy, I’m me…My dad’s that way, so I get a lot of that from him. There’s also an honesty and an integrity that my dad carries himself with that I’ve always admired.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about what his father has taught him.


    Eric Paslay (Father’s Day) OC: …ceiling fan. :21
    “He just taught me that working hard and sticking it out, even when you know things aren’t right, if you stick it out, it’s worth it in the end. He just taught me to work hard, and there’s a lot of things that you don’t need to pay someone to do, and it feels more rewarding when you’re able to put in new light fixtures or paint your own walls or put in a new ceiling fan.”

    Audio / Keith Urban – father to daughters Sunday and Faith -- says there are a number of things that are at the top of the list of being a dad.


    Keith Urban (Father’s Day) OC: …experience that. :36
    “The first thing is probably just having someone call you dad. I’m like, ‘Omigosh! I’m her dad! That’s amazing.’ That’s probably the first thing to me. I don’t know, I mean, the different personalities that our two daughters have, that’s amazing. It’s such a long list I think. I always say…I think for the people that haven’t had kids – which I hadn’t for a long, long time. I didn’t have kids ‘til later on, and being around it is not the same as having them, you know? I realize that it’s not something that can be explained until you actually sort of have it, so I’m glad I got to experience that.”

    Audio / Kip Moore talks about his father’s influence on his music career, and how he’d play classics on their fishing trips.


    Kip Moore (Father’s Day-dad’s influence) OC: …of us singin’ ‘em. :29
    “He would just play all those classic records – Little River Band, Jackson Brown, Springsteen, Seeger, Willie Nelson, the Red-Headed Stranger, Kristofferson, Sam Cook – like classic music. He’d be singing the songs and telling us why it was such good music. And I looked up to him so much, that’s the music I gravitated towards and that’s what I continue to listen to. Whenever I think about those old fishing trips, that’s what I think about is on the way down there, him singing those songs and all of us singin’ ‘em.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood says his father was a big influence both personally and musically, and he wants to pass along those qualities to his own children someday.


    Lady A (Father’s Day-Dave) OC: …like that. :39
    “My dad was a really hard worker growing up and was always great, however hard he worked, he’d always make important time for family, important time to be home for dinner and be there for a lot of special moments for us growing up. For all the money he would make, he would always give a portion of it back to charity or to the church, and so that was always important for me to watch. We had a great relationship growing up. My dad plays guitar; he’s very musical. I learned how to play acoustic guitar with him playing ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles and all these old songs we’d play together when he’d show me how to play these James Taylor songs and things like that. So, definitely want to pass along music, of course, to my children, as well, like that.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott says her father is a great communicator.


    Lady A (Father’s Day-Hillary) OC: …my children. :33
    “I definitely got my Type-A personality from my dad. He’s the same way, but one thing I’m so appreciative of – especially from a father-daughter relationship – my dad always, always talked to me, even when I didn’t want to talk to him. He would force me to communicate and talk through things, and not always the easy stuff, which is such a rare quality in a man, truthfully. And so, I am very, very thankful for that. I think it helped me find the right husband for me, and I also know that it will help me be that much of a better communicator to my children.”

    Audio / Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley says he’s always idolized his dad.


    Lady A (Father’s Day-Charles) OC: …rubbed off. :23
    “My father definitely passed down his work ethic to me. I idolized my dad a lot and would always like to be by his side when he did certain projects, and so I learned a lot from him about that, and just always respected him and just the way he could see a project from start to finish with such dedication, and so I’ve taken that into this and into this group, and hopefully, some good has rubbed off.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook says fatherhood is absolutely beautiful. He and wife Karen Fairchild became parents to Elijah Dylan on March 5, 2010.


    Little Big Town (Jimi-Father’s Day) OC: …beautiful. :32
    “It’s still such a new experience for us, and man, I’m telling you, people can tell you all day long how great it’s going to be, but it still never touches it. That little man looking back at me, it’s the most unbelievable feeling. And every day, for me who hates mornings [laughs], waking up to a slap in the face; he’s like pounding on me, then he’s like kissing on me and stuff. It’s unbelievable. It’s absolutely beautiful.”

    Audio / Sam Hunt says his father taught him a lot about being a man and knowing the right thing.


    Sam Hunt (Father’s Day) OC: …he’s great. :27
    “I’m obviously biased about my parents, but I’ve been around a lot of great men of integrity, but he is by far the best man that I know. He’s just taught me so much about being a man, doing the right thing, knowing the difference between right and wrong. And even though I don’t always follow his lead, I definitely know better because of him, and that means a whole lot to me. I was just really fortunate to have him as a dad, and he’s great.”

    Audio / Scotty McCreery says his father has helped him grow into an adult.


    Scotty McCreery (Father’s Day) OC: …was to me. :29
    “My father has been incredible to me my whole life. I remember going to the baseball field when I was five-years-old and he played ball in college, so he was always trying to teach me the mechanics, but more so than that, he was teaching me the life lessons growing up. Those are the things you learn on the field – becoming a man out there. So, he’s always had my back and he’s always teaching me those values and those morals that are important to a young kid and also a growing young adult. So, love my daddy, love my father, and I just hope that one day I can be half the dad he was to me.”

  • FATHER’S DAY LINERS: Billy, Canaan, Darius, Easton, Church, Paslay, Gary, Jon, Josh, Kacey, Keith, Lady A, Lauren, LBT, Sam, Scotty, Shania, Vince

    Father’s Day is Sunday (June 21st), and we have liners with many of your favorite country stars! See and download below.

    Audio / LINER Billy Currington (Father’s Day)


    “Hey everybody! I’m Billy Currington, wishing you a very Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Father’s Day)


    “Hey! What’s up, guys? I’m Canaan Smith. Happy Father’s Day, Pops!”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Father’s Day)


    “Hey! What’s up? This is Darius Rucker wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (Father’s Day)


    “Hey! This is Easton Corbin. Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Father’s Day)


    “Hey! This is Eric Church, wishing you a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Father's Day)


    “Hey! This is Eric Paslay. To all you fathers, Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (Father's Day)


    “Hey! This is Gary Allan, and I want to wish all the dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Happy Father’s Day)


    “Jon Pardi here. Happy Father’s Day to all you father’s out there.”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (Father’s Day)


    “Hey y’all! This is Josh Turner, and I just want to wish all you father’s out there a Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (Father's Day)


    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves. Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (Father's Day)


    “Hey everyone! It’s Keith Urban, wishing all you Dads out there a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Lady A (Father's Day)


    “What’s up all you Dads out there? It’s Lady Antebellum, and we just wanted to wish you all a good, Happy Father’s Day. Thanks for being great dads. Hope you get pampered and you don’t have to barbecue. And we hope you get some good ties this year.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Father's Day)


    “Hey! It’s Lauren Alaina. Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Father's Day)


    “Hi! This is Little Big Town, wishing all you father’s a Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Father's Day)


    “Hey! This is Sam Hunt. To all you fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Scotty McCreery (Father's Day)


    “Hey! This is Scotty McCreery. Happy Father’s Day!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Father's Day)


    “Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy Father’s Day.”

    Audio / LINER Vince Gill (Father's Day)


    “Hey everybody! It’s Vince, and I just wanted to wish you a Happy Father’s Day. Wish mine was still around.”


    Little Big Town has had to postpone or cancel a handful of shows on their Pain Killer Tour as band member Jimi Westbrook is having to undergo vocal cord surgery. The band took to their website to let fans know Jimi is having a polyp removed from his vocal cords and part of his recovery includes resting his voice and not singing or talking.

    “It breaks our hearts to let you guys down, but Jimi’s health is the most important thing, and he is expected to make a full recovery with rest and treatment,” the band writes. “We will keep everyone updated on Jimi’s progress. Thanks for your understanding and support.”

    The band just finished hosting and performing at different events during this year’s CMA Music Fest. Currently, 13 shows through the end of July will need to be canceled or rescheduled.

    The band is currently making its way up the country charts with their latest single, “Girl Crush.”