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Little Big Town splits from Equity, signs with Capitol Nashville

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 – Little Big Town bolted from Equity Music Group after two albums for Capitol Nashville. As part of the deal, the new deal, Capitol acquired the group's previous two albums for Equity.

Little Big Town did well with its Equity debut, selling 1.3 million units of "The Road To Here" and enjoying hits including "Boondocks." The follow-up disc, "A Place To Land" was released in November and had no hits. Capitol will assume the marketing and promotion of "A Place To Land" and will be releasing a new single to country radio immediately. Capitol did not say what the new single would be.

"We have admired Little Big Town, their unique blend of vocal harmonies, and their proclivity to write and record hit records for many years", said Mike Dungan, President and CEO of Capitol Records Nashville. "With their great live shows, and warm, approachable personalities, these four people have become engrained into the hearts and minds of country music fans everywhere. They are poised to explode, and we are ecstatic about the possibilities and humbled and honored to have been chosen to represent them and their music."

"We've been so impressed with the whole team at Capitol and the leadership of Mike Dungan that we felt like this was the right home for the band and our music," said Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet.

Equity Music Group General Manager and Interim President Derek Simon confirmed Wednesday that the label and Little Big Town agreed to part ways.

"It's always very difficult when relationships change," said Simon. "We're extremely proud of Little Big Town and all that they have achieved with Equity Music Group as their label partner. The last two and a half years are a testimony to what a band, their management and record label can achieve when they share total commitment, passion and artistic vision. I'm incredibly pleased with what our entire staff contributed to that equation. This is a special band and, as friends and fans, we want to see them continue a long career filled with artistic achievement and commercial success."

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Pain Killer CD review - Pain Killer
For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»
Tornado CD review - Tornado
When the chorus to Leavin' in Your Eyes kicks in with some lovely layered vocals, it's tempting to compare Little Big Town to Fleetwood Mac. After better sense kicks in, though, it's more reasonable to categorize LBT as Fleetwood Mac-lite, at best. All that '70s cocaine and infidelity made Fleetwood Mac so much darker than anything modern day Nashville could ever produce. To its credit, though, Fleetwood Mac could never produce anything nearly as catchy as Pontoon, easily the »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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