• LITTLE BIG TOWN PICKS UP ON SUPPORT FROM THEIR PEERS.

    Little Big Town went home with the trophy for Vocal Group of the Year at Sunday night’s ACM Awards. The group performed their latest hit, “Girl Crush,” which has drawn the support of the music industry at large.

    “It’s mind-blowing. It’s the most beautiful thing and you couldn’t create this out of thin air,” says LBT’s Phillip Sweet. “It’s like, this is something that just happens and I think we feel really humbled by it.” Bandmate Karen Fairchild agrees, “Like Garth said, ‘Our Mamas raised us to do certain things, and we cultivate that in this little subculture that we’ve made,’ and it makes me really, really proud.”

    “Girl Crush,” from their ACM-Award nominated album, Pain Killer, is making its way up the country charts and is selling like hotcakes. Little Big Town has sold more than 95,000 just this week – 30,000 during the ACM Awards alone. The single should be close to being certified Gold.

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild talk about having the support of their peers in the music industry.

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    Little Big Town (industry support) OC: (Karen) …really proud. :42
    PHILLIP: “It’s mind-blowing. It’s the most beautiful thing and you couldn’t create this out of thin air. It’s like, this is something that just happens and I think we feel really humbled by it.” KAREN: “I love this genre so much. I’ve never been in another genre, [laughs] but I’m pretty sure it’s the best. I love being backstage and seeing Thomas Rhett right before he goes on and him saying, ‘Say a prayer,’ and I say, ‘No, you say a prayer for me.’ I love that, and I love the nurturing aspect of, like Garth said, ‘Our Mamas raised us to do certain things, and we cultivate that in this little subculture that we’ve made,’ and it makes me really, really proud.”

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN RELEASES HER FIRST COOKBOOK, OH GUSSIE!

    NASHVILLE, TN (April 14, 2015) Kimberly Schlapman, member of GRAMMY winning country group, Little Big Town, has released her first cookbook, Oh Gussie!, which is available today online and at book retailers everywhere.
     
    Oh Gussie! Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen (William Morrow Cookbooks) was written with James Beard Award-winner author Martha Foose, and features a collection of some of Kimberly’s most treasured family recipes, updates on Southern classics, and quick dinners for modern families on the go. 
    In Oh Gussie! Kimberly also shares delicious recipes and soul-stirring stories from her roots growing up in the Appalachian foothills of north Georgia, her travels on tour with Little Big Town, and the life she loves back home in Nashville.
    ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
    Kimberly Schlapman is one of the founding members of the Grammy-winning country music band Little Big Town, which has sold millions of albums worldwide. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Stephen Schlapman, and their seven-year-old daughter, Daisy Pearl.

    Martha Hall Foose is the author of Screen Doors & Sweet Tea, a best-selling homage to classic Southern cooking that won the James Beard Award for American Cooking and the Southern Independent Booksellers Award in 2009. In 2011 she released A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home. Martha won the Literary Death Match at the Texas Book Festival that same year. Martha makes her home on Pluto Plantation in the Mississippi Delta with her husband and son.
    ABOUT THE BOOK:
    Oh Gussie! Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen
    By Kimberly Schlapman, with Martha Foose
    William Morrow Cookbooks; On-Sale April 14, 2015
    Color Photographs Throughout; 256 pages
    Hardcover ISBN: 9780062323712 ($29.99)
    E-book ISBN: 9780062323729 ($16.99)
    For more, visit www.HarperCollins.com

    Audio / Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman explains what she hopes happens with her first cookbook.

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    LBT (Kimberly-cookbook) 4 OC: …you love. :33
    “I’m really excited about sharing all these recipes and all these stories with people, and my hope is that it brings people together. I believe that you can take care of people by cooking for ’em, and that’s what I like to do in my life. Gathering around the stove and stirring some soup and having conversations with the people you love is just what life’s about to me. And I hope that when people pick up this book, whether you cook or not, you enjoy it and it brings you closer to the people you love.”

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN’S ACM-NOMINATED ALBUM, PAIN KILLER, WAS MADE TO STAND THE TEST OF TIME.

    Little Big Town won the ACM Vocal Group of the Year award in 2013, and they’re back in the running with that nomination, as well as a nod for Album of the Year for Pain Killer.

    “Winning awards and having success, commercial success with Tornado, I think, gave us a bigger platform, and for me – I’m really proud that we made Painkiller, because it’s the best thing we’ve ever done and that we have a platform to share it on is amazing,” says LBT’s Phillip Sweet. “So, I think we wanted to step up to the challenge and know there’s a great platform here, what are we going to put on it? And we wanted something to stand the test of time.”

    The members of Little Big Town are making their way up the country charts with “Girl Crush,” a song from their ACM-nominated album, Pain Killer.

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet talks about his hopes for Pain Killer.

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    LBT (hopes for Pain Killer) 2 OC: …test of time. :24
    PHILLIP: “Winning awards and having success, commercial success with Tornado, I think, gave us a bigger platform, and for me, I hope that platform – I’m really proud that we made Painkiller, because it’s the best thing we’ve ever done and that we have a platform to share it on is amazing. So, I think we wanted to step up to the challenge and know there’s a great platform here, what are we going to put on it? And we wanted something to stand the test of time.”

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN RELEASE THE VIDEO FOR THEIR LATEST SINGLE, ‘GIRL CRUSH.’

    Little Big Town has released the beautiful and stark music video for their latest hit, “Girl Crush.” Check it out here or below.

    Video / Little Big Town Girl Crush video

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN IS FEATURED ON CMT’S HOT 20 COUNTDOWN.

    CMT Hot 20 Countdown captured “A Day In The Life” with Little Big Town on the road with their Pain Killer Tour. They check them out on stage and backstage in “The Pharmacy,” as well as goofing off right before they’re set to perform.

    Video / Little Big Town CMT Hot 20 Countdown

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  • LITTLE BIG TOWN’S ‘GIRL CRUSH’ IS ‘BRILLIANT.’

    Little Big Town’s latest single, “Girl Crush,” is climbing the country charts, and the support it’s received from fans, radio and other country stars is overwhelming. The group wanted “Girl Crush” for themselves the first time they heard it, because they felt it was such a special song.

    “I think ‘Girl Crush’ is one of the most brilliant lyrics I’ve heard in such a long time,” says LBT’s Jimi Westbrook. “It’s taking a phrase that you’ve heard so many times, and just the way it turns at the hook, it just catches you. It gives me chills every time I listen to it, when that hook turns like it does. It’s just brilliant. I think it’s a brilliant song, and [Karen’s] vocal is perfection. It’s so good. The emotion of that song comes through. I love it.”

    Little Big Town will perform during this year’s ACM Awards where they’re up for Vocal Group and Album of the Year for Pain Killer. The 50th Annual ACM Awards will air live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas April 19th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook talks about “Girl Crush,” a song from their album, Pain Killer.

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    LBT (Girl Crush) OC: …more special. :44

    “I think ‘Girl Crush’ is one of the most brilliant lyrics I’ve heard in such a long time. It’s taking a phrase that you’ve heard so many times, and just the way it turns at the hook, it just catches you. It gives me chills every time I listen to it, when that hook turns like it does. It’s just brilliant. I think it’s a brilliant song, and [Karen’s] vocal is perfection. It’s so good. The emotion of that song comes through. I love it. I love the sparseness of the track. I think it’s empty in the right places, and the nice little subtle things that come in to support and the organ and all that…Jay [Joyce] killed that track and made it even more special.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (Girl Crush)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town, and here’s our latest single, ‘Girl Crush.'”

    Audio / :90 Girl Crush vignette

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  • ALAN JACKSON, LADY ANTEBELLUM AND LITTLE BIG TOWN ADDED TO LIST OF PERFORMERS AT THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

    Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town have been announced as performers at this year’s ACM Awards. They’re joined by Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride, as well as special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artists and Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay.

    They join previously announced performers Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, George Strait, Keith Urban, Reba, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell and Thomas Rhett.

    The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards – hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton – will air live from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas April 19th at 8pm ET on CBS.

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN IS FRONT AND CENTER WITH NEW CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES.

    March 30, 2015- The critically acclaimed music series Front and Center will kick-off its new season with four all-new Country Music Association CMA Songwriters Series episodes with Hunter Hayes; Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark; Sara Evans and Martina McBride; and Little Big Town.  The episodes, which will begin airing April 4th on public television, collectively feature guest appearances from some of Nashville’s best-known songwriters including Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Gretchen Peters, Liz Rose, Gordie Sampson, The Warren Brothers, and songwriting artist Charlie Worsham. Check local listings for airdates and times in each market and for a sneak peek at the new season click here.

     

    “Kicking off the start of the new season of Front and Center with our CMA Songwriter Series episodes is something that we’re especially excited about,” said Don Maggi, Front and Center Executive Producer. “Not only were the performances of the artists who participated special, but the respect that they showed the songwriters and the stories that they told, gave us some incredible moments.”

     

    “CMA is proud of our partnership and creative collaborations with Front and Center,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These shows shine a national spotlight not only on Country Music and the great artists in these episodes, but also on our amazing songwriting community and the CMA Songwriters Series, which has fans around the world.”

     

    CMA-Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes performs with fellow songwriters Barry Dean (“Pontoon” – Little Big Town), Lori McKenna (“I’m Workin’”- Tim McGraw), and Gordie Sampson (“Just A Dream” – Carrie Underwood). The episode features Hayes and his guests performing songs from his chart-topping album Storyline and features the hit “Invisible,” as well songs from his No.1, self-titled, Platinum-selling debut album.

     

    Bob DiPiero, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and co-creator of the CMA Songwriters Series, is joined by reigning CMA Award winner for CMA Song of the Year and two-time 2015 Grammy Award-nominee Brandy Clark along with her partner on the 2014 CMA Song of the Year win, Shane McAnally, and recording artist Charlie Worsham. The foursome takes turns performing songs they helped pen including hits like  “Follow Your Arrow” (recorded by Kacey Musgraves), “Blue Clear Sky” (recorded by George Strait), and “Gone” (recorded by Montgomery Gentry).

     

    Multiple-CMA Award winners, Sara Evans and Martina McBride join forces for a special CMA Songwriters Series: Ladies Night Out. Evans’ recent studio album Slow Me Down debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. She’s had five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Country albums, sold six million albums, and has been nominated and/or won nearly 10 major music awards. McBride, whose most recent album “Everlasting” debuted at No.1 on the Country Albums Chart, has sold more than 18 million albums, which have included six No.1s, and has earned more than 15 major music awards including four wins for the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Together Evans and McBride present songwriters Gretchen Peters (“Independence Day” – Martina McBride), Aimee Mayo (“Let’s Make Love” – Faith Hill), and The Warren Brothers (“Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith). The ladies also perform career hits including Evans’ “Born To Fly” and “Stronger”; and McBride’s “Teenage Daughters” and “Independence Day.”

     

    Finally, Grammy Award winners and three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town bring out long-time songwriting collaborators and friends, Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus Take The Wheel” – Carrie Underwood), Natalie Hemby (“Downtown” – Lady Antebellum), Liz Rose (“Teardrops On My Guitar” – Taylor Swift), and McKenna. The recent Grand Ole Opry inductees perform some of their best-loved hits including “Boondocks” and “Tornado” as well as songs from their latest album Pain Killer.

     

    The new season of Front and Center will begin feeding to public television as follows:

    Hunter Hayes                                                                                                            (as of April 4)

    Bob DiPiero featuring Brandy Clark                                                          (as of April 11)

    Sara Evans and Martina McBride: Ladies Night Out                        (as of April 18)

    Little Big Town                                                                                                         (as of April 25)

     

    For more information on the Front and Center music series please visit frontandcenter.com and check out the YouTube page at youtube.com/frontandcentertv.

     

    For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

     

    Front and Center is a production of Front and Center Entertainment, LLC in association with WLIW21 for WNET, and distributed by American Public Television.  All episodes are directed by Pierre and François Lamoureux of FogoLabs.

  • LITTLE BIG TOWN PERFORMS ‘GIRL CRUSH’ ON TONIGHT SHOW.

    Little Big Town performs their latest single, “Girl Crush,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night (March 24th).

    Video / Little Big Town performing Girl Crush on Tonight Show

  • NEWS AND NOTES: LBT, Dierks, Canaan

    Little Big Town is scheduled to perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday (March 24th). Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games series) and Ronda Rousey (UFC fighter, actress) will also appear as interview guests.

    Dierks Bentley will join Nashville stars Connie Britton, Lennon and Maisy Stella and Charles Esten, along with Amy Grant at the Nashville for Africa benefit concert on Sunday (March 29th). All funds raised from this 30th anniversary show of the African Children’s Choir, will go to the Choir and their education programs.

    Canaan Smith promised fans if he reached 25,000 followers on Instagram, he’d get “a swirly,” which means he’d allow his bandmember, Kenny, to put his head in a toilet and flush swirling toilet water around his head. He hit the goal and made good on his promise. Check it out here.