Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland Rock a Medley on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
LBT is going on tour and is bringing Kacey Musgraves and Midland along.
After launching a historic sold-out year-long residency at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Grammy Award-winning vocal group Little Big Town today announced they will bring their critically-acclaimed harmonies to arenas nationwide starting Spring 2018 with The Breakers Tour. The highly-anticipated multi-city run begins February 8th at Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City and will visit 26 markets, including stops in Austin, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C. and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. Additional stops will be announced at a later date. For the first-ever preview of The Breakers Tour, tune in to “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” tonight (9/20) for a very special performance by Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, and Midland.
Tickets for The Breakers Tour go on-sale everywhere Friday, September 22nd at 10am local time. Two enhanced ticket experiences, the ‘Happy People’ and ‘The Breaker’ experiences, will be offered throughout the tour. Additional experiences include a meet & greet with Little Big Town, a Q&A session, exclusive merchandise, and more. To purchase tickets and for more information on all ticket experiences, visit www.LittleBigTown.com.
Little Big Town’s landmark year to date includes the release of their chart-topping album The Breaker (2/24)- which debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and Top 5 on the Billboard 200 All Genre chart-as well as the group’s fifth ACM Award win as Vocal Group of the Year. Additionally, the Multi-Platinum selling Country group was recently inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame and earned their 26th career CMA Award nomination, including nominations for Single Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Vocal Group Of The Year and Music Video Of The Year categories.
One of the most well-respected and beloved entertainers in music today, the genre-defying group has “expanded their audience beyond Tennessee” (USA Today) as well as “the definition of country music from the inside” (Newsday) since first entering the music scene more than 18 years ago. Their critically acclaimed album, The Breaker, as well as their recent headlining Ryman Residency, “Little Big Town at the Mother Church,” have garnered the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year praise for their four-part harmonies and progressive sound that “seems to get even better with time” (Forbes). Hailed as a “21st century revival of Fleetwood Mac” (Goldderby) the group has produced hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone,” and “Little White Church,” as well as their #1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking,” and most recently, the history-making best-selling country single of 2015, “Girl Crush,” and this year’s multi-week #1 single, “Better Man.”
Karen Fairchild still remembers when she and her bandmates in Little Big Town finally felt like a success.
“We knew we made it when Philip (Sweet) got a car,” she said on Thursday afternoon. She and her bandmates laughed, and so did the crowd of several hundred who came to see them in Nashville that day.
“We’d get stuck picking him up everywhere. It was like a morning ritual of ‘Who’s picking Philip up?’”
Today, the signs of success are little grander for the country quartet. On Thursday, they were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame, joining a club that includes Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton.
Their star was one of three going into the pavement of Walk of Fame on Thursday.
The ceremony also included posthumous inductions for Tom Ryman — who built the church that would one day become the Ryman Auditorium — as well as the venue’s trailblazing theater manager Lula C. Naff. The Ryman is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.
Little Big Town was introduced by their friend Keith Urban, who recalled being transfixed when he first heard their breakout hit “Boondocks” on the radio.
“I was fascinated to meet the people who made that sound, and I realized what it was. It’s the closest thing to a family band that you’ll ever meet. It’s that sound that’s not connected by blood or last name – well, in the case of Jimi (Westbrook) and Karen, now it is. But there’s no connection, except the spirit. That’s what I feel when I hear Little Big Town.”
Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show told the story of Tom Ryman, a riverboat captain who was moved by a sermon to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle, which eventually became the Ryman. He said Ryman’s effort came from a question he was asked by preacher Sam Jones: “What will you do for your fellow man?”
“The story of Tom Ryman is not just a tall tale, but a parable for all of us,” he said.
Accepting the star, Ryman Hospitality Chairman and CEO Colin Reed wondered what Nashville might have been without it.
“Can you imagine what would have happened in this city over the last 125 years if that beautiful building was not built?” asked Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Chairman and CEO. “…It seems to me that Tom Ryman gave this town its initial home in this now great city.”
Naff was a female trailblazer in the entertainment industry, who first began booking performances at the Ryman in 1904. 40 years later, she would bring the “Grand Ole Opry” to the venue.
“Under Lula’s leadership, everyone who was anyone played the Ryman,” said country singer Jeannie Seely.
“I’m inspired by her fearlessness,” said Sally Williams, SVP of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment. “I cannot imagine how courageous she had to be to do what she did (at) any time, much less when she did.”
Along with honoring Nashville’s past, Little Big Town looked towards the future.
“We were driving these same streets, and now we’re here with you guys,” Fairchild said. “It really can happen. You just have to believe. You’ve got to have faith and perseverance. This is for all the dreamers out there, and we look forward to standing up here and handing this plaque to someone else.”
Source: One Country on YouTube for the videos and Tennessean.com for the article
LBT is nominated for 4 awards, at the 51st CMA Awards.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to the artist, producer, and mix engineer) – “Better Man” – Little Big Town.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Award goes to the artist and producer) – “The Breaker” – Little Big Town
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR (Award goes to the group)
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award goes to the artist and director) – “Better Man” – Little Big Town
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will team up for the 10th time to co-host the upcoming CMA Awards, which will air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 8-11 p.m. ET, on ABC.
The RHS Community Foundation is proud to announce An Evening with Gladys Knight and Friends, a benefit concert taking place on October 29th, 2017 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, NC. The event, featuring performances by Gladys Knight, Little Big Town, Asheville’s own Lyric, and other surprise guests, will donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the Reynolds Community Center in Canton, NC- just 20 miles west of Asheville. Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, August 29th at 10AM ET.
Funds raised from the concert event will benefit the RHS Community Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Gladys Knight and her husband William McDowell. The RHS Community Foundation’s flagship project is to build the Reynolds Community Center in Canton, NC and sustain its programs for the community. The building, which once housed a school for African-American kids grades K-12, was attended by William McDowell when he was a child. McDowell’s direct connection to the community and its residents is what fuels the foundation’s goal to create a cultural centerpiece for Western North Carolina residents.
“The building which will house the Reynolds Community Center has a historical significance to not only my wife and myself, but also to the residents of the region,” says RHS co-founder William McDowell. “It once served as a hub of learning and support to so many people. I want to once again restore that foundation so that current and future residents of Western North Carolina have a place to gather, learn, and support each other for generations to come. The Foundation honors the legacy of my grandparents who taught me to leave a huge footprint that’s easy to follow.”
Tickets officially go on sale next Tuesday, August 29th and range from $55-$125 (plus fees) for general admission and $500 (plus fees) for VIP. A pre-sale for US Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium newsletter subscribers will begin on Friday, August 25 and end on Monday, August 28. VIP tickets include priority seating, a pre-show reception with Gladys Knight and Little Big Town, beverages and hor d’oeuvres, plus access to exclusive auction items featuring vacation packages, sports and music memorabilia, local business gift certificates, and more.
Tickets for An Evening with Gladys Knight and Friends can be purchased through the US Cellular Center Box Office, online here and by phone at 800-745-3000.
Source: The official LBT site
The Music City Walk of Fame will pay tribute to the Ryman Auditorium in celebration of the historic venue’s 125th anniversary with the induction and presentation of stars to Little Big Town, the Grammy-Award winning Country Music mega-group in residency at the Mother Church, along with two luminaries in the Ryman’s past: Tom Ryman, the riverboat captain who was inspired by a revival preacher to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle; and Lula C. Naff, the theater manager who helmed the Auditorium for more than 40 years and famously booked the Grand Ole Opry there, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.
The induction ceremony that will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park. The event is free and open to the public.
“Tom Ryman had a vision. Lula Naff had a plan. And their tenacity and skill created one of Nashville’s most beautiful and iconic buildings – and one of the greatest music venues the world has ever seen,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “Now Little Big Town is adding a new chapter to the story of the Mother Church of Country Music with its unprecedented Ryman residency. The induction of each of these legends into the Music City Walk of Fame couldn’t be more appropriate as the Ryman celebrates 125 years of gorgeous music and amazing history.”
The inductees will receive the 75th, 76th and 77th stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
“We are overjoyed to receive these honors on behalf of Captain Tom Ryman and Lula C. Naff,” shares Michael Guth, COO of Opry Entertainment Group, “As stewards of this historic venue, it is a great pleasure to honor these two vital figures from our history who pioneered the creation and development of this treasured establishment. Because of the vision of Captain Tom Ryman and the drive of Lula C. Naff, today the city of Nashville is home to one of the most iconic and storied legacies in modern culture.”
In celebrating the Ryman’s 125th anniversary, Little Big Town will have performed 10 shows by the end of 2017 at the Ryman Auditorium during their year-long residency. Consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook, Little Big Town is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, had the biggest country single of 2015 with “Girl Crush,” and earlier this year released their seventh studio album,The Breaker, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Charts.
Ryman and Naff are being honored for their central roles in creating and developing the Ryman. Since its inception, the Ryman Auditorium has hosted an array of speakers and performers, including Johnny Cash, Charlie Chaplin, Patsy Cline, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, Peter Frampton, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller, Gladys Knight, President Teddy Roosevelt, Mae West, Jack White, Hank Williams Sr., ZZ Top, and the list goes on.
The Ryman has played a central role in helping create Music City. The Grand Ole Opry called the Ryman Auditorium home for 31 formative years from 1943 to 1974. Earl Scruggs is credited with creating a new genre of music – bluegrass – from the Ryman stage. Johnny Cash met future wife June Carter backstage at the Ryman. And Patsy Cline became an Opry member at the Ryman. While the Grand Ole Opry now takes place at the Grand Ole Opry House, the show returns to the Ryman during the winter months for Opry at the Ryman.
The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.
The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Brands and sponsors the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee. For more information about the Music City Walk of Fame, go to visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
Source: The Official LBT Site
Old Dominion’s brand new album, ‘Happy Endings’, has been released and the songs have been added to their YouTube channel. Here’s the song ‘Stars in the City’ ft. Little Big Town.
Old Dominion packs a lot of vocal power on their own, but they’re taking things to a whole new level with this Little Big Town collaboration.
That’s right, the two groups have teamed up for a new song called “Stars in the City.” It’s included on Old Dominion’s sophomore album, “Happy Endings,” out Aug 25. We’re proud to give you your first taste of the song here.
In this clip from the recording studio, Old Dominion lead singer Matthew Ramsey explains what it was like to work with Karen, Jimi, Phillip and Kimberly from Little Big Town.
He says, “They came in and it was amazing just to watch them work their magic on that song, figuring out their parts with us. They really care about the song and care about their performance on it. It’s rare to find such talent and such genuinely nice people at the same time.”
Recording with Little Big Town made Matthew realize just how far Old Dominion has come since they released their debut album, “Meat and Candy,” in 2015. That album included the hits “Break Up With Him,” “Snapback” and “Song For Another Time.”
He adds, “It was a very surreal moment to realize that here we are on this playing field with some major players, and it was really cool to watch them work.”
Old Dominion is closing in on yet another No. 1 hit this week with “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart,” the lead single from “Happy Endings.”
Source: Rare Country
Source: Late Night with Set Meyers on YouTube