Little Big Town takes the stage Friday

The group famous for its trademark four part harmonies is set to blow into Fort Madison.  Little Big Town, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook will take center stage following the Friday, September 6thTri-State Rodeo performance.Boasting a solid 13 year career during which they sold 1.5    million albums, accumulated multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM nominations and created 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, Little Big Town is sure to please everyone in the arena. Little Big Town was founded in 1998 with the same four members that make up the band today. Unlike most bands, there is no designated lead singer as they all take on that role to fit the song.Their latest album, Tornado, is like a perfect storm.  After doing a bit of soul searching, the band realized they were ready for a change. They hired Jay Joyce to help them produce this latest album.

The risk paid off. The resulting mix of songs and energy gave them their first Country Music Award win for “Vocal Group of the Year” and single of the year for “Pontoon” as well as a  Grammy for best duo/country performance for “Pontoon”.  Little Big Town just won the Academy of Country Music “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Video of the Year” awards.

The buoyant, light-hearted sing-along, “Pontoon” leads off the album. “‘Pontoon’ is crazy and silly, but sexy and smart, too. We’d never recorded anything like it.”

“Tornado” is a wicked threat from writers Natalie Hemby and Delta Maid that deftly compares a scorned woman to a force of nature that the band and its fellow Southerners know all too well. This title track reached No. 1 on the country music charts earlier this month.

These are followed by “Front Porch Thing” another lively song and “Your Side of the Bed”, an evocative inquiry into the mind of a distant lover.  “Pavement Ends” and “On Fire Tonight,” which the band wrote with Laird, are balls-out party songs. “Can’t Go Back” sounds like a whispered prayer delivered by a quartet of kind, kindred spirits. The album ends with “Night Owl,” a s  soothing lullaby co-written by all four members of the group that promises comfort and love at the end of an oft-traveled road.

“Self Made,” was intentionally the last song to be recorded. A forceful testament to the challenges LBT has faced as a band and as individuals – challenges they’ve ultimately transcended – it’s become the band’s working mantra.

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.