Little Big Town Get Sentimental in ‘Better Man’ Video
Little Big Town has created a wave of excitement across country music "Better Man," written by none other than Taylor Swift. The emotional tune comes an equally expressive video that does the song’s message justice.
Karen Fairchild takes the lead on this ballad, so she features prominently in the video’s storyline, appearing in scenes of desperation and somber reflection on a love that was ultimately one-sided. The song’s narrator knows she did what she had to do, leaving a man who didn’t treat her the way she deserved, but she still can’t help but miss him. The cleverly-worded, memorable chorus — which Swift has a knack for writing — is one of longing for what could’ve been, and Fairchild delivers the emotion honestly.
The other band members provide supporting scenes throughout the "Better Man" video, reflecting the same bittersweet theme. Each one appears without a significant other, sharing sentimental scenes with family on a picturesque farm.
The band admit they are honored to have been pitched the song from Swift, whom Kimberly Schlapman refers to as "one of the best songwriters ever.” When they first heard it, they listened to it on repeat, they tell Taste of Country.
“From the first time I heard it, I fell in love with it,” Jimi Westbrook says.
“This one just felt special,” Phillip Sweet said at the Ryman Auditorium about the tune. “We’ve known Taylor since she was in high school. She’s a dear friend of ours. The song speaks for itself and that’s what we thought when we heard it, no matter who wrote it. It feels like it was meant for us to go with this emotion. It felt like it belonged to us and we made it our own.”
Sweet and the rest of the group recently announced an upcoming residency at the Ryman. The historic Mother Church will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017, and LBT will be performing six shows throughout the year.
“We’ll be inviting some people that have inspired us throughout our career to be special guests every night and also to introduce what we think are the future artists of country music,” Fairchild shares. “It’s going to be a great privilege and honor. We’re very humbled to get to look at all those folks who have inspired us and also to introduce you to new folks that we think will change the course of country music.”
Little Big Town will perform at the Ryman Feb. 24-25, May 19-20 and Sept. 15-16, 2017, with Ashley Monroe opening on Feb. 24. That date is also significant for the band as the release date of their 7th studio album, The Breaker.
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