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Little Big Town raises $115k for Africa

Little Big Town.

Little Big Town recently played a special benefit show in their hometown of Franklin, Tennessee for a cause close to their hearts. The country group raised over $115,000 for Africa with a non-profit organization called “Blood: Water Mission.” The organization works to get communities to work together to fight against HIV/AIDS and water shortages in Africa. It was formed and created by Christian music group Jars of Clay and Jena Nardell with only $1,000.

Little Big Town has been previously involved with “Blood: Water Mission”. It was the second time the group raised money for the non-profit. Attendees at their concert included Rascal Flatts‘ guitarist Joe Don Rooney, Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Titans player Jake Locker, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, and more with a packed crowd.


Little Big Town to host CMA Music Festival Special

Little Big Town.

Rising star country group Little Big Town have a pretty big job ahead of them. They’ll be the hosts for this year’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock television special on ABC. There is no exact airtime or airdate for the special, but it will be aired on ABC this August.

The television special features live performances recorded at this year’s CMA Fest by the top names in the industry in front of thousands of fans at LP Field in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Watch the video announcement of this year’s hosts below. Are you going this year?

VIDEO: Little Big Town – Your Side Of The Bed


One of the most-talked about performances from the Academy of Country Music Awards on the weekend was Little Big Town‘s “Your Side Of The Bed.” The moving performance featured a pair of dancers floating on a bed, giving viewers a view as if they were watching from the ceiling. That’s not taking away from the group’s amazing harmonies. Check out their special performance below and let us know what you think.

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Loses Brother in Law

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Our condolences are with Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman who has announced the tragic passing of her brother-in-law. Kimberly’s brother-in-law, Allen Schlapman, was visiting the family in Nashville for Thanksgiving from Virginia, when he was struck by a drunk driver in an accident on Wednesday, November 21st. He was only 45 years old.

According to a report by The Tennessean, Gregory Powers, also 45, of Franklin, Tennessee, has been charged with vehicular homicide.

In a statement released by Kimberly on Facebook, she said:

“Last Wednesday, November 21st, my brother-in-law was killed by a drunk driver. He had come to Nashville, from Virginia to visit us for Thanksgiving, which is our long-standing family tradition. He is married & has a 9 year old little girl. This is a part of life that one never imagines or plans for. It has been very difficult to accept. Allen Schlapman was an amazing father, husband, brother & son. We will miss him so much. I have been deeply touched by all your well-wishes & prayers. Thank you. GOD has proven himself faithful to us & has given us great peace amidst this horrible tragedy.”

Little Big Town’s current single, title track “Tornado,” is out on country radio now.

Little Big Town forced to postpone California shows

Little Big Town.

Little Big Town has been forced to cancel a series of shows, effective immediately, due to a loss in their immediate family. In a statement posted yesterday to their official website, the group announced that they will reschedule the effected dates. The headlining dates being moved are their California ones: Riverside tonight, and Los Angeles concert on November 29th. Riverside, CA will be rescheduled at a later date and the Los Angeles show at The Wiltern will now take place on February 8, 2013. Tickets for The Wiltern show will be honored on the rescheduled night. The band would like to thank their fans for their understanding and compassion during this very difficult time.

No other information has been released yet at this time. The group’s new single, the title track from their brand new album “Tornado,” is at country radio right now.

Little Big Town Launching Tornado Tour Next Year

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Even more tour news this week for country fans! Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet and Kimberly Schlapman—will be launching a new tour entitled The Tornado Tour January 31, 2013 in Murray, KY.

Fresh off of the success of their #1 album, “Tornado”, Little Big Town along with special guests Kacey Musgraves and David Nail (in select cities) will hit over 25 cities nationwide in some of the most beautiful theaters the US and Canada have to offer.

The group is pretty excited about the tour, and their two friends they’re bringing along for the ride, according to Kimberly:

“We’ve been looking forward to announcing this tour for so long and can’t wait to hit the road next year. It’s going to be so much fun to share more music from this record with our fans and we feel very honored to have Kacey and David opening for us. They’re incredible artists. This new album means so much to us and to be able to showcase all of these songs is a dream come true.” 

Kacey Musgraves, one of Nashville’s hottest new young talents, is just as excited to hit the road with the group. She shares:

“I can’t wait to kick off the new year with Little Big Town. As a musician and fan I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this amazing show. Theaters alone project a special vibe for live music and adding Little Big Town’s sound to that will be magical.” 

David Nail explains why it’s so important to be out on the road with people you love:

“The only thing better than being on the road, is being out on the road with people who’re friends. Being able to get out there with Little Big Town is gonna be a big time – and I can’t wait.” 

CMT will have an exclusive presale for The Tornado Tour beginning at 11am ET today. Visit CMT’s Facebook page for the exclusive presale code to get tickets. The network exclusively premiered Little Big Town’s music video for their latest single “Tornado” this morning at 6am ET and will feature it every hour throughout music hours today. You can also view the video on’s homepage now. “Tornado” is the follow up single to the #1 summer hit “Pontoon” and is their fastest rising single to date, currently sitting inside the Top 30 after only 5 weeks at country radio.

See the full list of tour dates below and let us know if you’ll be going.

Jason Aldean, Little Big Town & Kelly Clarkson to Perform at CMA Awards


ABC has announced the first round of performers for the 46th CMA Awards, taking place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 1st. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson and Little Big Town are the first acts to be announced with many more to come.

While Aldean, Bentley & Little Big Town aren’t surprises, we have to wonder what Kelly Clarkson will be performing. Will we be getting a countrified “Mr. Know It All” or is KC finally releasing a full country single. We sure hope that it’s the latter!

The show will be hosted by Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood. It airs on ABC on November 1.

Little Big Town’s Kimberly to Start Cooking Show

Kimberly Schlapman on GAC.

Little Big Town‘s “Tornado” might just have been released last week, but one member of the group is about to get a whole lot more busy. Kimberly Schlapman will debut a brand new cooking show on Great American Country (GAC) on September 22nd. It’s a childhood dream come true for the singer, who isn’t a professional chef but loves working in the kitchen. The first episode of “Kimberly’s Simply Southern” will air September 22nd at 1 pm EST on GAC.

Kimberly shares:

“I’m not a professional chef but when I was a kid, I would stand at the counter and pretend I was a cooking show host.”

The 13-episode series will feature recipes inspired by her life on the road on tour. While on tour, Kimberly gets the chance to sample different kinds of specialties from all over North America, which she then tries to recreate at home. The series will follow her visits to the various little towns throughout her touring, and guest appearances by the rest of Little Big Town, Lauren Alaina, and Laura Bell Bundy.

Will you be tuning in when it premieres this weekend? What country star do you think should have their own cooking show?

VIDEO: Little Big Town perform Pontoon on Ellen

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Little Big Town have had quite a year so far. After releasing their brand new studio album “Tornado” earlier this week, the group stopped by the Ellen show earlier today for a performance of their number one single “Pontoon.” Check out their cute reactions to being on the Ellen show after their performance, and let us know what your favorite track is from their album:

Little Big Town Taking Over CMT

Little Big Town.

Capitol Nashville’s rising star in Little Big Town will be taking over CMT tonight with the debut of “CMT Unplugged: Little Big Town” on today, the same day that their highly anticipated brand new studio album “Tornado” hits stores. The special features all four members: Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook performing their hit single “Pontoon,” “Boondocks,”  and their favorites from their new album. They also surprised fans with a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

They’ll also be serving as CMT VJ’s for the week as they takeover the channel for a half hour. They’ll pick their favorite country music videos and play them starting at 10 am EST on Wednesday, September 12th. It will re-air again on September 13th at 9 am EST, and September 14th at 10 am EST.

Check out their Unplugged series here on CMTs site and don’t forget to pick up your copy of “Tornado” today! Unfortunately, the Unplugged series is not available to Canadian viewers.