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Little Big Town


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Little Big Town is the dream that will not die.

During its seven-year existence, country group Little Big Town has been battered by a series of professional and personal setbacks that would have destroyed most bands. But the four members have clung to one another, unshakable in their belief that they have something special to offer.

On their way to their Equity Records contract, Little Big Town's members worked menial jobs and played for peanuts. "All so we could just keep this dream alive," Jimi explains. "It was rough, but it all paid off – it brought us to the music that we have now," says Phillip proudly.

That pride is justified. "Boondocks," Little Big Town's debut single for Equity, is a swampy piledriver cleverly arranged to showcase all four singers. It's a performance of vocal passion and instrumental innovation. Elsewhere on the group's album are tracks that are equally ear-catching. "Live with Lonesome" is a wistful ballad. "A Little More You" is a twangy thumper, while "Wounded" has a bluegrass flavor. "Good As Gone" has a driving rhythm and a dense instrumental texture. And then there's the message song "Bones," a minor-key, dobro-laced masterpiece of vocal harmony precision.

The group is unique in country music in its configuration of two men with two women. It is also unlike any other in that there is no single lead vocalist – all four are capable of taking lead lines, and do so. Also unusual is the fact that for most of their performances, the larger-than-life Little Big Town voices are accompanied solely by Phillip and Jimi's guitars.

Those voices blend so effortlessly that you would think they'd been singing together since childhood. They haven't been, but their backgrounds are strikingly similar. All four began singing in church and with their families—and Phillip even performed in a family band. All four blossomed as musicians in college. All four have wanted to sing professionally since childhood.

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