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The Road To Here - Little Big Town
on March 20, 2014
I found Little Big Town in 2013. I had been hearing "Good As Gone" & "Little White Church" in karaoke bars but had no knowledge of the group or how good they were. "Pontoon" hitting number one had a major impact! Suddenly, they were superstars headlining the Tornado tour. When I found out they were appearing at the Ryman, I got my ticket before it sold out.
I see ABBA in Little Big Town! Two guys, two girls. A blonde and a brunette. Blonde Kimberly Schlapman sings high. Dark-haired Karen Fairchild sings low. Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet complete the 4-part harmony that makes the group special. They have 5 albums dating back to 2002. They write much of their own material, and every song is a good one! Jimi and Phillip play rhythm guitar.
There are great songs on "The Road To Here."
1 "GOOD AS GONE" has a video. Fairchild comes up the sidewalk to a hotel. She bursts into the room and tosses her cheater on the bed. The 4 convene on the rooftop to finish the song.
2 "MEAN STREAK" - Although Fairchild is getting the hits, Kimberly has her share of great songs. LBT albums run deep, and "Mean Streak" is an interesting cut." I wonder why the woman in this song stays with this man. Maybe it is because women love guys who abuse them as long as it does not get out of hand. Women can enjoy playing the victim. Kimberly looks and sounds like Dolly Parton and names her as an influence. "Mean Streak" has that haunting harmony. The dude here is cold as concrete, tough as a backstreet, like a frat boy at hell week, rough as a dry creek, sharp as a hawk's beak, coming fast as a stampede, hard as an oak tree, mad as a queen bee, hot as Mojave, tight as a kite string, bad as a black sheep. How does she put up with it?
3 "WOUNDED" - LBT is the hardest working group in country music. It seems every day I find something by them on youtube I have not seen. Dominant Karen and submissive Kimberly are music's most dynamic one-two punch since Swedish Agnetha and Norwegian Frida.
4 "BONES" - It starts with "What goes around, comes around," I hear my uncle James. Some finger pointing! A technique they use at the end of certain songs is to return to the opening lines.