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Little Big Town, Houser reveals songwriting M.O. on Today

Friday, November 12, 2010 – Little Big Town and Randy Houser will reveal their strategies of songwriting on NBC's Weekend Today in a segment titled "Secrets of Songwriters."

"When we went into the studio to record 'The Reason Why,' we put a lot of emphasis on the writing process and song selection for the record, and it's great to share the secrets behind the songs with the fans," said LBT's Karen Fairchild.

"Sometimes I'll be sitting on this couch and the words will come from out of nowhere and pop into my head... I'll grab a pen and paper, and the lyrics will start coming almost faster than I can write," Houser said from the den of his Nashville home. "Other times I'll draw blanks and leave a song incomplete and not pick it up again until I'm inspired by someone's story I hear out on the road."

In this behind-the-scenes interview, viewers will discover the motivation and mental element of Houser as a songwriter - from the moment an idea is born, to the day it is tracked in the studio. He will uncover stories of personal revelation in new single, A Man Like Me and show how others often inspire his writing like in the song Here With Me, an emotional ballad completed after an encounter he had with military personnel while performing on a USO Tour in early 2010.

For a portion of the segment, album producer Cliff Audretch III will join Houser to provide insight on how to capture the sound and feel of a song as it is originally envisioned with musical instruments and other special effects.

The show will air Saturday Nov. 13 in the 8 a.m. eastern hour of the broadcast.

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