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Tornado Warning in Effect for the Best New Album and Tour – Little Big Town

Written By: SJ McNally and Gillian McClellan

 

Three words… Little. Big. Town. In country music there are few bands that have the kind of style these guys do. Since their debut in 2002, Little Big Town has been a quietly brewing storm working hard to create not only some of the best singles, but albums as well. In 2005 the Platinum-certified album The Road to Here put the foursome on the radio radar with songs like “Boondocks” and “Bring It On Home.” After their first chart-topping album The Reason Why in 2010, it was obvious they were becoming an unstoppable force. Now the Tornado has touched down and it has been wreaking havoc on the charts since the day it was released; in fact it has remained in the No. 1 spot for 3 consecutive weeks now. Little Big Town’s desire for that coveted platinum-hit has generated some of the best lyrics and harmonies ever, but even with all the accolades and applause, they have always seemed to come up missing something. CMA nominated, never awarded. Three top ten singles, and not a single No. 1 … until they added a little mmm-motor boatin’. “Pontoon,” the catchy song of barbequing and beer koozies has had everyone buzzing from radio stations to fellow artists themselves, and has kept us all in the summer spirit even now that we’ve unpacked our fall coats. On top of going PLATINUM (and I do mean PLATINUM) “Pontoon” deservingly gave this group their first No. 1 hit on the Hot Country Songs Chart. Now while we can all appreciate the lazy lake cruising melodies of this hit, strip back the layers of ice in the cooler and you find one of the best tasting beats to ever appear in a country song. Ok ok ok, got it, we love “Pontoon” but with all the effort put into making this new album, I have a feeling Little Big Town will have more than one No. 1 hit on their hands. Tornado, released in early September, is the fifth record from Little Big Town and many of its songs have already been making their own waves. My personal favorite, “Leavin’ in your Eyes,” is track No. 6 but I have a strong feeling it will reach No. 1 on the charts or close to it at some point. On a recent episode of CMT Unplugged the band stripped down (instrumentally speaking) and showed off a couple of other future favorites “Pavement Ends” and “Can’t Go Back.” A great way to showcase what exactly is so good about Little Big Town, the group’s raw harmony is unmatched by anyone else in business (even though celebs Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Pistol Annie’s, Jake Owen, Hunter Hayes, and many more gave it their best shot in a Pontoon Party Parody – watch below).

To go along with the success of their #1 album, Little Big Town will be launching a new tour, “The Tornado Tour” on January 31, 2013 in Murray, KY. The power group will be joined by the very talented David Nail and Kacey Musgraves and hit over 25 cities in the US and Canada. Musgraves shared her excitement to be on the tour stating “I can’t wait to kick off the new year with Little Big Town […] as a musician and a fan I couldn’t be more proud to be apart of this amazing show.” Nail expresses how he has hit the big time by being on this tour and said “the only thing better than being on the road, is being out on the road with people who are friends – – I can’t wait.” You know if these two artists are already excited, fans like us everywhere are already trying to buy tickets. CMT opened up an exclusive pre-sale yesterday at 11 am (not a Halloween trick, I promise) so visit CMT’s Facebook site for the exclusive pre-sale code and (treat) yourself to some tickets. [Tour Dates Below].

Little Big Town, The Road to Here may have been a long one, but we all agree you’ve found A Place to Land; you are The Reason Why we love country and your music continues to blow us away like a Tornado (you see what I did there?) Congratulations on making Platinum, we all know there’s a lot more to come, and we can’t wait!

The Tornado Tour Dates and Venues:
1/31 Murray, KY Lovett Auditorium/ Kacey Musgraves
2/1 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre / Kacey Musgraves
2/12 New York, NY Irving Plaza / Kacey Musgraves
2/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club / Kacey Musgraves
2/15 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s AC Concert Venue / Kacey Musgraves
2/16 Lowell, MA Lowell Memorial Auditorium / Kacey Musgraves
2/22 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center / Kacey Musgraves
3/1 Huntington, WV Keith Albee Theatre / Kacey Musgraves
3/2 Cherokee, NC Harrah’s Cherokee Resort / Kacey Musgraves
3/3 Lancaster, PA American Music Theatre / Kacey Musgraves
3/7 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Theater
3/8 New Buffalo, MI Four Winds Casino Silver Creek Event Center / David Nail
3/9 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort / David Nail
3/21 Joliet, IL Rialto Square Theatre
3/22 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center / David Nail
3/23 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center/ David Nail
3/26 Winnipeg, MB Pantages Playhouse Theatre
3/27 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place
3/28 Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre
3/30 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre for Music
4/1 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
4/3 Vancouver, BC Orpheum
4/19 Fayetteville, AR Arkansas Music Pavilion / David Nail
4/20 Bossier City, LA Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino / David Nail
4/26 Catoosa, OK Hard Rock Hotel & Casino / David Nail
4/28 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre / David Nail
5/8 Augusta, GA William G. Bell Auditorium / David Nail
5/9 N. Charleston, SC North Charleston PAC / David Nail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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