Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Midland Rock a Medley on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
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.”
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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.
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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.
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Little Big Town prepares for their Little Big Town at the Mother Church residency shows. Watch their soundcheck and an exclusive interview where Kimberly, Jimi, Philip, and Karen talk about what the Ryman means to them as a band.
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.
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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.
‘When Someone Stops Loving You’
“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