Country group Little Big Town is riding high on the success of its album “Tornado,” home to members’ career-rejuvenating hit “Pontoon.” The harmony-rich quartet of Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet picked up a Grammy in 2012 for their performance of “Pontoon.” The group has won back-to-back vocal group of the year trophies at the CMA Awards.
Little Big Town has turned their latest hit, "Sober," into a love letter to their fans. The song's new video was shot on the road last year and features concertgoers singing along with every word of the song. It's available now.
LBT's Kimberly Schlapman, who sings lead on "Sober," says the sweet lyrics remind her of her first husband, who passed away in 2005. She's now married to Stephen Schlapman and they have a daughter named Daisy.
There's been no time off for Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet of award-winning country music group Little Big Town, who spent the better part of 2013 on tour with Keith Urban and are now opening for George Strait this coming weekend.
"Sober" is the fourth single off Tornado, which is the group's fifth studio album and has already delivered the hits "Tornado" and "Pontoon." It was the latter that led to the band's first Grammy award, in 2013.
The "Sober" video, shot throughout their tour last year, includes intimate behind-the-scenes footage of the group, and the song hits especially close to home for Schlapman, whose first husband died of a heart attack in 2005. Check out the full interview and watch the new video exclusively at People.com
I don't know if The Chew is always this much fun, but when Little Big Town was on the show Monday (Feb. 3), it seemed like everyone was genuinely having a ball.
First, celebrity chef Mario Batali and LBT's Kimberly Schlapman were making Willie Nelson marijuana jokes. Then Phillip Sweet said he was just trying to live up to his name when he started mixing up the dough for Batali Brothers Cinnamon Twists.
And then The Chew's Clinton Kelly introduced a game he called Little Big Lowdown. He asked everyone in the band to answer questions like:
"Who is the worst cook?"
Karen Fairchild said her husband Jimi Westbrook, and Westbrook agreed.
"Who takes the longest time in hair and makeup?"
The majority answered that it was Schlapman.
"Who would you most want to babysit your child?"
This one was a tie between Schlapman and Fairchild. And Fairchild admitted she didn't choose her own husband because "Kimberly's like having Holly Hobby babysit your kids."
"Who is the worst morning person?"
Westbrook was the winner, hands down. He even chose himself.
After that, Kelly invited Fairchild and Westbrook to make Valentine paper garlands. I know that sounds like something you'd make in kindergarten -- with melted crayon shavings shaped like hearts -- but it actually turned out kind of gorgeous.
Westbrook admitted to having a crafts-gone-wrong moment last Halloween.
"The last time I attempted a craft, I was Captain Hook," he recalled. "I had the bright idea that I was gonna make my own hook. So I was making my hook, and at midnight, I slashed my finger, and I had to drive myself to the hospital."
At the very end of the show, the group premiered their new video for "Sober."
Kimberly Schlapman—the one with all those blond curls—takes her turn as lead singer for the very first time on a Little Big Town single, for the song “Sober.” And she loves it.
“This is it. First time. It’s fun. It’s great,” Kimberly tells ABC News Radio.
“And the more we play it and the more people hear it, the more the crowd sings along, which is just so—oh, it just fills up your heart to be singing the song and people are singing the same words with you,” she said.
“You can see it on their faces that it resonates and it means something to people. That song is just sweet, and it’s about being in love and being happy and content and not ever wanting to be without it. You can just see it on people's faces. I love it. Every night, I love it.”
Full story at CountryWeekly.com