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Interview:
Little Big Town is feeling no pain upon releasing sixth album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Success began some confidence when Little Big Town set out to make its sixth album, "Pain Killer."

The Alabama-bred quartet's previous release, "Tornado," was its second straight No. 1 country album and also its first collaboration with award-winning producer Jay Joyce. So when it was time to make "Pain Killer," LBT set out to repeat the pleasure of its predecessor.

"We had a lot of success with the 'Tornado' record, so that gave us a lot of confidence," says LBT's Phillip Sweet. "When we started writing for this project we were inspired. We were in a good place.

"The ('Tornado') process went by really fast, so we took a little more time on this one and really dug a little deeper, which was awesome. We got to push ourselves a little more and Jay pushed us and it was very rewarding on a creative level. We just let the music guide us and captured the moment of being in that very inspired place."

"Pain Killer" debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's country albums chart, and No. 7 on the Billboard 200, spawning the Top 5 single "Day Drinking." And the creativity didn't end when the album was wrapped; according to Sweet, he and his bandmates -- Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook -- are prolific writers while they're out on the road, and they're already working on material for the reigning Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year's seventh album as well as a holiday record they plan to recordand relase in 2015.

"The majority of the writing we do is on the road," says Sweet, 40. "We have writers come out with us and they set up a situation in one of the dressing rooms. We'll go off to do different things during the day, obligations you have to do when you're touring, so we'll come in and out or maybe have blocks of two or three hours in the afternoon when we can all be together and write.

"We kind of have a collective gut feeling about a song when it gets our attention. We looka t each other and our eyes light up, just a weird connection we all have and we seem to know when the song hits us right and we're like, 'Yeah, let's do it.' " There's a lot of confidence in that, too."

Little Big Town, Brett Eldridge and Brothers Osborne

Thursday, Dec. 4. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $27-$42.

Call (313) 832-2232 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.


Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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