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Little Big Town cancels shows, Westbrook needs poly removed

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 – Little Big Town cancelled all shows through the end of July because Jimi Westbrook will need surgery to remove a poly on a chord.

"With heavy hearts we want to let you guys know that Jimi will have to undergo surgery next week to remove a polyp on his vocal cord," the band said on its web site. "As a result, doctors have ordered him to rest his voice and completely recuperate before we continue touring. All shows through July 30th will be cancelled or rescheduled."

"It breaks our hearts to let you guys down, but Jimi's health is the most important thing, and he is expected to make a full recovery with rest and treatment. We will keep everyone updated on Jimi's progress. Thanks for your understanding and support."

LBT had slated 13 shows between June 23 and July 31 mainly in the West and Canada.

The band had previously canceled a show in Reno, Nev. on Tuesday, posting on its web site "Unfortunately we need to let you guys know that Jimi has completely lost his voice and cannot sing, so we won't be in Reno with you as planned. His doctor has put him on strict vocal rest. We will let you know as things progress and want to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thanks, as always, for the incredible love and support you guys show us."

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