It took a while for the four-person band Little Big Town to gain major mainstream success. In fact, it took about 12 years. Now, though, they’ve been together for 14 years and are currently riding a well-deserved wave of success. They’ll be riding that wave crest when they bring hits like “Pontoon” and “Tornado” to the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach on Thursday evening (June 13) as well.
Many have become familiar with Little Big Town, especially after their mega-hit “Pontoon” not only rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart but the album from which it comes, Tornado, bowed at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. But the band has become a Nashville mainstay over the years, their four-part harmonic something of a unique sound in today’s country music. For those that have been fans of the foursome for more than a decade, there is a general “it’s about time” feeling directed a the johnny-come-latelys.
Because it isn’t as if the band — comprised of Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, and Phillip Sweet — hasn’t produced catchy hits over the years. They have. In fact, all fifteen of their released singles (from five separate albums) have placed at No. 43 or better. Of those, 11, including their current chart-climber, “Your Side of the Bed,” have made the Top 40. “Pontoon” still remains their sole No. 1 hit, but they’ve placed four other tunes in the Top 10 (including fan-favorites “Boondocks” and “Little White Church”).
Their 2012 album Tornado has been certified gold, making it their second album to top that plateau. The Road To Here (2005), which featured “Boondocks,” went on to a platinum certification.
The release of “Pontoon” not only saw massive commercial success in 2012, but it gave the band its first Grammy award. It won the 2012 CMA Single of the Year award and helped clinch the Vocal Group award as well. The video for the platinum-selling hit also took the 2012 American Country Awards Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration trophy. They took home the 2013 ACM award for Top Vocal Group as well (not to mention Video of the Year for their hit, “Tornado”).
But that long road to “overnight success,” where now Little Big Town is mentioned with the latest crop of country stars (Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Darius Rucker) finds the band appreciative of their story.
Karen Fairchild, one of the group’s two female members, told Elle magazine recently, “We started off in a van with two guitars just dreaming about how we could grow our music and get out to the people—sing, play, and write songs. To be on this level now at this point in our career, I don’t know if it could be any better? We just have such appreciation for the highs and the lows, the ebb and flow of how a career can go. We’ve experienced all those ups and downs. That’s why right now we’re loving every minute of it.”
They’re playing the North Myrtle Beach House of Blues Thursday on their current tour, which will hook up with Keith Urban’s “Light The Fuse Tour” in Cincinnati in mid-July.
Fairchild said the first arena tour Little Big Town ever played was when they toured with Urban back in 2005.
“We’re just such big fans of him—as a person, as an entertainer, a songwriter, and a player,” Fairchild says. “To be back on the road with him is gonna be great. It’s gonna be inspiring, challenging. I mean, when you open up for Keith you’ve got to bring it every night.”
Keith Urban recently performed Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” with the band on the 2013 CMT Music Awards show. The band was fortunate to open for the iconic Fleetwood Mac at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in May.
Before they join Keith Urban and Justin Lynch, though, Holly Williams will be opening for the band.
Doors open at 7 p.m. (EST) and the show will start at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $37 general admission. For reserved seating, prices range from $74.50 to $88.50.
The House of Blues is located at 4640 Highway 17 South in North Myrtle Beach.
For more information about Little Big Town, visit their website at LittleBigTown.com.