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Little Big Town get their star on Nashville’s ‘Walk of Fame’

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

An evening with Gladys Knight and Friends ft. LBT

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​​ 10​​AM​ ​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

First listen: LBT’s collab with Old Dominion – “Stars in the City”

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

Little Big Town reflects on its fashion choices over the years

Little Big Town has performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville more than 40 times since its debut in 1999, and its members’ looks are reflective of the changing trends.

As part of a new series, “Opry Lookbook,” which ABC News got an exclusive first look at, band members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet reflect on their most memorable ensembles from their Opry performances over the years.

From the first Gucci dress Schlapman wore at the Opry to Sweet’s Valentino shirt, see what they have to say about their clothing in the video above.

Source: ABC News

LBT will perform at the 11th annual ACM Honors

The Academy of Country Music has revealed the first round of performers and ticket on-sale date for the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. Music superstars confirmed to perform at the televised event include Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, and George Strait. The 11th Annual ACM Honors will tape Wednesday, August 23 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, and broadcast on Friday, September 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman Auditorium box office today, August 9 at 10:00 AM CST.

As previously announced, Special Award recipients celebrated at the 11th Annual ACM Honors will include Kelsea Ballerini (Gene Weed Milestone Award), Toby Keith (Poet’s Award), Bob Kingsley (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), Reba McEntire (Mae Boren Axton Service Award), “Nashville” (Tex Ritter Film Award), Dolly Parton (Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Shel Silverstein (Poet’s Award, awarded posthumously), and George Strait (Cliffie Stone Icon Award). The evening will also honor winners of the Industry and Studio Recording Awards, along with Songwriter of the Year Award winner, Lori McKenna.

For more information, please visit www.ACMcountry.com.

Little Big Town Covers Tim McGraw’s ‘Humble and Kind’ on Grand Ole Opry’s Radio Replay: Premiere

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.

Source: Billboard.com

Day Drinking With Little Big Town: On Tipsy Songwriting and Getting Kicked Out of a Casino with Blake Shelton

“We write a lot of songs while we’re drinking wine – so it’s a tax write-off, maybe?”

Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild is explaining the origins of the band’s new Four Cellars wine club over a glass of chardonnay in a private back room at Nashville’s The Thompson hotel. In a few minutes, we’ll launch into a boozy, hilarious game of “Never Have I Ever” – but first, we talk shop.

Produced in partnership with the Browne Family Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington, LBT is kicking off its Four Cellars collection (named for, you guessed it, the four members of the band) with a chardonnay and a red blend. In addition to being poured at select venues in Nashville – including The Ryman Auditorium, where the band currently holds residency – it’s also the “very sophisticated, but super easy to drink” anchor of a wine club experience.

“It’s been a long process because we didn’t want to just throw our name on a bottle of wine. We drink a lot of wine, so we do know good wine, I’m gonna confidently say that,” Fairchild says. “We did kind of an experience in a box, so with the first box shipment comes a vinyl of The Breaker, a beautiful gold corkscrew, a recipe from Kimberly [Schlapman, who hosts Kimberly’s Southern Cooking on The Cooking Channel] for your evening, a playlist from us of some of our favorite songs for the summer, and then two beautiful wines. All you have to do is add friends.”

With feel-good hits like “Day Drinking” and “Painkiller,” it’s no surprise that Fairchild, Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook draw inspiration from good times with good friends. As the Four Cellars roster expands, fans can expect to taste a sauvignon blanc, syrah, rosé, merlot, and, around the holiday season, a sparkling wine.

“We’ve taken a lot of pride in the process,” Fairchild says, with Sweet noting that they “started developing over the last year and a half.”

But don’t label them “wine snobs” just yet. Trust us, you’re gonna want to hear their drinking stories…

Gamely swapping tales for ET’s “Interviews Under the Influence” series, Little Big Town reveal which of their songs were written with a buzz (the answer might surprise you), how they were once kicked out of a casino with Blake Shelton and Zac Brown, and the only A-listers to have ever convinced Schlapman to take shots of tequila. Watch below for all the details!

The interview came just a few days after LBT’s powerhouse performance of “When Someone Stops Loving You” on the CMT Awards. Now, the band has announced that the song will officially serve as their next breakout single, marking the first Westbrook-led single since their massively successful breakthrough hit, “Boondocks.”

Source: ET Online

LBT performing on ‘The Voice’ finale

Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, and More Performing on The Voice Finale!

It will be a star-studded finale of Season 12 of The Voice with some of country music’s biggest stars hitting the stage! Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Stapleton will be performing on Tuesday’s (May 23rd) two-hour finale.

The four remaining finalists, Lauren Duski and Aliyah Moulden from Team Blake Shelton, Chris Blue from Team Alicia Keys, and Jesse Larson from Team Adam Levine, will also be performing. Other guest singers include Gladys Knight, Miley Cyrus, Zedd, Alessia Cara, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and former The Voice Coach, CeeLo Green.

Before The Voice winner is announced on Tuesday’s finale, the remaining four finalists will hit the stage for fan votes one last time on Monday night. Each finalist will be performing a duet with their coach. Lauren and Blake will be singing ‘There’s a Tear in My Beer’ by Hank Williams. Blake will join Aliyah on ‘Dancing in the Streets’ by Martha & The Vandellas. Jesse and Adam will be singing ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ by Prince, and Chris and Alicia will be teaming up for ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ by Prince & The New Power Generation.

Watch as Season 12 finalists talk about their favourite moments on The Voice, including a special dance Blake was taught that he wants to use next year in the Blind Auditions!

Source: www.cisnfm.com

Karen Fairchild on Italian Food, Vinyl Records & Women In Music


Karen Fairchild, member of the band Little Big Town, is hands down one of the coolest and most well-rounded women whom we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know. Her know-how extends far beyond her killer musical talent – not only is she a performer, wife, and mom, but she also has an eponymous clothing line, Fair Child (available at Macy’s). Yeah…Fairchild basically does it all. Below, the songstress shares her favorite beauty products (spoiler: she’s a product junkie), words of wisdom, and what she’s currently listening to. Happy reading…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

My ideal food day would be an egg white omelette with spinach and tomatoes for breakfast, a green salad with salmon for lunch, and great wine and spaghetti bolognese for dinner. I’m a sucker for Italian food.

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

Working out and eating right are the obvious answers for everyone trying to look and feel their best from the inside out. As a busy working mother, it’s not always easy to find time for workouts, so I balance my time like every other woman trying to stay in shape. Portion control is key and when I have time I love Barre Method. It also doesn’t hurt having a seven-year-old boy to chase around all day! Keeping a normal sleep pattern is also really important to overall well-being.

How do you always start your day? What’s your go-to breakfast?

I love starting the day with a coffee and Grain and Nut granola from Blackberry Farm over yogurt. Sometimes I top it with fresh blueberries or strawberries.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

I’m a bit of a product junkie. In the morning I cleanse my face with Eve Lom Cleanser and use Orlane B21 Extraordinaire to prep my skin. I add ZO Vitamin C Serum and Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum and Le Mieux face cream. I finish with IT Cosmetics CC Cream with an SPF 50. It has a great finish and coverage for everyday wear.

At bedtime, I cleanse again with Charlotte Tilbury Cleansing Balm. I use ZO TE Pads, ZO Growth Factor Serum and Eau Thermale Avene RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream. I love finishing with a touch of the Charlotte Tilbury Cleansing Balm and sleeping in it – it makes your skin so soft and hydrated. I love adding Sisley’s Eye Contour Mask, another great product for sleep.

What would you last meal be? Who would it be with?

My last meal would be with my family…probably Thanksgiving dinner because it’s my favorite.

What is your favorite Southern meal? Why?

My favorite Southern meal would be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and biscuits. My mom is an incredible Southern cook and so is my bandmate, Kimberly. I’m spoiled rotten with the best comfort food in the world.

You never liked X till you tried it at Y…

I never liked oysters until I had them at Fin & Pearl in Nashville; they’re so fresh and good.

Congrats on your ACM win! What is the hardest part of touring?

Thank you! The hardest part of touring is missing my family. I’m lucky because I get to travel with my husband Jimi and our son Elijah, and I couldn’t do it any other way, but I don’t get to see friends and extended family as much as I’d like.

Where do you love to travel? What won’t you travel without?

I love London: the shopping, the people, the culture, the food. We’ve had some incredible meals and memories as a band in London. I also love the beach. There’s something calming about being near the water. I love Alys Beach in Florida and Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina. I won’t travel without my iPad. What did I do before I had this thing?

What does your diet on the road usually look like?

I try to load up on veggies and protein before a show, but I do need carbs to keep my energy up. I’ll do a small portion of mashed potatoes or rice to sustain me through a performance. After-show food can be tricky when you’re trying to find healthy options, so that’s when it’s all about making good choices. I am a sucker for sweets, and I try to adhere to the philosophy of not denying yourself, so I’ll take a bite or two of a treat and then put it down.

Who serves the best coffee in Nashville?

Crema in Nashville is my go-to coffee spot. They make the best Cuban I’ve ever had.

What do you wear when performing?

Performance clothing is a collaborative effort based on what we’re doing for a given TV performance or song. We have the most wonderful stylist, Karla Welch. She is so creative and bold in her choices. She’s thinking about the drama on stage and the way light hits clothing.

What advice would you give to girls looking to enter the music industry?

As women, we have to always remember to listen to our instincts and go with our guts. I think too often girls feel like they have to make concessions or change who they are, or what their music says, to make it in this industry. We need to nurture these women to write honest songs, to write from their hearts, and not to pander. Let’s give them some room to do what they do. Being a woman is a very powerful thing; we need to embrace that rather than shy away from it or make excuses for it.

What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?

In New York City, Mario Batali’s Babbo is heavenly. We stop there every time we are in the city. In Nashville, Tartufo, City House, Kayne Prime, and Rolf & Daughters are my favorites. The Nashville food scene has blown up over the past five years. If you’re in Alys Beach, George’s is a must, and perfect for a breezy beachside dinner. In Las Vegas, Javier’s in the ARIA has the best margaritas and super fresh Mexican food. Sugarfish, Madeo, and Crustacean are three of my favorite LA spots. Each is so different, but offers dishes that I absolutely love.

What’s on your Spotify (or Apple) playlist right now?

John Mayer, In The Blood; Chris Stapleton, Either Way; Seth Ennis, Woke Up in Nashville; The Weeknd; Daft Punk, I Feel It Coming; Ed Sheeran, Castle On The Hill; Harry Styles, Sign of the Times.

In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ in fashion, what’s the new potato in music right now?

Vinyl records. There’s nothing like the experience of a whole record top to bottom. Back to the way music was intended; it’s an experience.

*Karen Fairchild, photographed in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann

Source: The New Potato

Little Big Town and CMA Fest Artists Honor Music Educators

Long before they signed their first record deals, many of music’s biggest acts’ careers started with a music teacher believing in their talent.

On Wednesday (April 26) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town and the CMA Foundation hosted the second annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner to honor 31 music educators from across the nation for their dedication to their students and school communities. Each instructor was presented with a stipend from the foundation in recognition of their accomplishments.

Joining the teachers at each table were acts who have played the CMA Music Festival. Historically, those who perform at the annual event do so for free, with ticket proceeds from the nightly concerts supporting music education through the CMA Foundation. To date, the CMA has donated more than $17.5 million for music education.

Those in attendance at Wednesday’s event included Chase Bryant, Kristian Bush, Lindsay Ell, Seth Ennis, David Fanning, Chelsea Gill, Hunter Hayes, Olivia Lane, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, William Michael Morgan, Jerrod Niemann and Corey Smith.

Before the dinner, the CMA surprised Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet with a reunion with their former music teachers. Fairchild reconnected with her former church choral music director Billy Jack Green, who can recall discussing her talent with her parents before they discovered she could sing.

Westbrook was reunited with Sarah Glover, his former choral teacher, while Sweet got to reconnect with Julia Lansford, his choral director in college. Kimberly Schlapman’s teachers were unable to make the event, but they sent her letters.

Source: CMT

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