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Little Big Town goes number one with fourth CD

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 – It took four albums, but Little Big Town has the number one country disc in the U.S. with "The Reason Why." The CD is fifth on the overall top 200 list on Billboard with 41,940 albums sold. This is the highest debuting album of the country band's career.

LBT takes over from Trace Adkins' "Cowboy's Back in Town." The charts will be out on Thursday.

LBT also is celebrating a 2010 CMA Awards nomination in the Vocal Group of the Year category - Little Big Town's eighth nomination and fifth in that category.

"This will be a week we never forget," says Karen Fairchild, "and we owe that to the incredible fans, country radio, and our new label Capitol Records."

"We are so blessed to have our album debut at the top of the charts, and to have news of this nomination in the same week is just amazing," adds Kimberly Schlapman.

The group, which consists of Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Schlapman and Fairchild, co-produced "The Reason Why" alongside Wayne Kirkpatrick and co-wrote 8 of the 12 tracks.

The band will continue to make appearances in support of the new album with a performance at the New York State Fair on Sept. 2 before rejoining Sugarland on The Incredible Machine Tour on Sept. 3 at State College, Pa.'s Bryce Jordan Center.

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The Breaker CD review - The Breaker
Anyone who missed Little Big Town's remarkable 2012 Unplugged performance on CMT should seek it out online. When they sing their monster hit "Pontoon," four hypnotic voices combine to harmonic perfection with no studio tricks - pick from any of the microphones, and it works as the song's lead vocal. But now that the group has ascended to the upper rung of stardom, different challenges arise. How do you compete with yourself fresh from a Grammy for Best Country Song »»»
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: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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