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.
Source: ABC News
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.
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.
KENNY ROGERS ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED CONCERT IN NASHVILLE CELEBRATING 60-YEAR CAREER
“ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER: KENNY ROGERS’ FAREWELL CONCERT CELEBRATION”
TICKETS ON SALE JULY 21 AT 10AM CT VIA TICKETMASTER
Blackbird Presents and Kenny Rogers are proud to announce “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will honor Kenny Rogers’ historic 60-year career and will feature the final performance together by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, one of popular music’s most beloved duets of all time. “As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with,” says Kenny Rogers. “It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me. Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it. We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances, and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”
This one-night-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers. “All In For The Gambler” will feature performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and many other special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. “Kenny is like a family member to me. We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released ‘Islands In The Stream,’ everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes,” says Dolly Parton. “Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25th is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special. Even though Kenny may be retiring, as hefades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”
Tickets go on sale July 21, 2017 at 10AM CT online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.
Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna & More to Perform During Special Grand Ole Opry “Total Eclipse” Show on Aug. 21
If you needed another reason to come to Nashville, the sun and moon are providing one next month—and so is the Grand Ole Opry.
A total solar eclipse will be occurring on Monday, August 21. And Nashville just happens to be the biggest city in the country in the direct path of the eclipse (beginning at 11:58 a.m. CT in Nashville with the total eclipse at 1:27 p.m.).
The Grand Ole Opry will be getting the party started a day before on August 20 with a special Sunday show dubbed Total Eclipse that features Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna and more.
The Opry eclipse celebration is set to continue the next day with a free Total Eclipse Plaza Party. Guests can expect live music on the Plaza stage, commemorative gifts, food and drinks and eclipse glasses. The Opry will feature a one-of-a-kind Total Eclipse soundtrack to accompany the approximately two minutes of eclipse totality.
Tickets go on sale on July 7 at 12 p.m. CT for the Opry show on August 20.
Old Dominion’s new album, Happy Endings, will feature a dozen tracks, including a collaboration with Little Big Town.
Along with the LBT duet “Stars in the City,” the five-man-band’s sophomore effort closes with a live cut, titled “Can’t Get You.”
Fans who pre-order the record now will instantly be able to download the track “Written in the Sand,” as well as the lead single, the top-15 hit, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart.” Three more songs will also be unlocked before the project’s August 25 release.
Here’s the complete track listing for Old Dominion’s second album, Happy Endings:
“No Such Things as a Broken Heart”
“Not Everything’s About You”
“Be with Me”
“Written in the Sand”
“So You Go”
“Stars in the City” (featuring Little Big Town)
“New York at Night”
“A Girl Is a Gun”
“Still Writing Songs About You”
“Can’t Get You” (Live)
‘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