Friday, August 12, 2022 – With their 10th studio album, "Mr. Sun," a month away, Little Big Town debuted the song "Better Love" today.
The band also revealed the lyric video for the song.
LBT's Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook wrote the track alongside Tofer Brown and Audra Mae. "The attitude of this song is mischievous and lands squarely in Karen's wheelhouse. It's fun to sing, too," Westbrook said.
Little Big Town kicks off the brand-new series "CMT Summer Camp" with the premiere episode airing tonight at 9 p.m. eastern on CMT. The one-hour special will include performances of new music including "Better Love."
"Mr. Sun" is set for release on Sept. 16. LBT will perform on the 2022 Citi Concert Series on TODAY that morning from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Previously released tracks from Mr. Sun include "Rich Man," "All Summer" and lead single "Hell Yeah."
Due to the pandemic, the band found themselves off the road and apart for the first time ever throughout their 20-year journey. The group self-produced the CD.
"Mr. Sun is intentionally an emotional record that holds hands well with our last album Nightfall," LBT's Karen Fairchild said. "'Mr. Sun' is focused on better days ahead, the value of friendships and family; it touches on heartbreak and letting go, but it's full of sunshine and joy."
Little Big Town gets billed as a country music vocal group, but "Nightfall" plays out more like a four-headed singer-songwriter effort. Many of these songs hearken back to some of the best '70s introspective songwriter efforts. The album opens with "Next to You," which builds from a gentle meditation, into a full-on anthemic ode to the comfort and strength of fidelity.
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