Throughout the annals of the Grand Ole Opry’s almost 92-year history, certain members have had penchants for certain songwriters. Connie Smith, for example, recorded over eighty songs that were written by Dallas Frazier. Both Ronnie Milsap and Barbara Mandrell frequently raided the song catalog of Dennis Morgan and Kye Fleming for many of their chart-topping hits of the 1980s. Randy Travis frequently turned to Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet for material, including two of his biggest hits, “On The Other Hand” and “Forever and Ever, Amen.”
Little Big Town knows that history tends to repeat itself in that vein from time to time. The Capitol Nashville superstar group has recorded several tracks that were co-written by the talented Lori McKenna, including their recent single “Happy People,” “Your Side Of The Bed,” and their triple platinum-selling hit “Girl Crush.” So it stands to reason that the group are huge fans of the Massachusetts native’s catalog – even when it comes to songs she didn’t write for them.
Monday (Aug. 14) Billboard partnering with the Grand Ole Opry’s new digital series, Radio Replay, for its first episode. Radio Replay features country artists putting their own spin on the last song they heard on their way to the Opry. The reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year covers a McKenna song, “Humble and Kind,” which was a No. 1 hit for Tim McGraw last year, earning McKenna a Song of the Year award from the CMA, as well as a Grammy. Enjoy this exclusive performance below, and for more Opry-related content, subscribe to the Opry’s YouTube channel.