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Little Big Town’s journey to becoming one of the most important vocal groups in country music has been a long one. Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet first got together in 1998, and scored a record deal with Mercury Nashville. That deal yielded no singles or albums, though, and a subsequent deal with Monument failed to gain the band much recognition for their self-titled debut album. It wasn’t until Clint Black’s label, Equity Records, released their second album, ‘The Road to Here,’ in 2005 that they broke through at country radio with songs like ‘Boondocks’ and ‘Bring It on Home.’ 2007’s ‘A Place to Land’ saw them jump to Capitol Records, where they scored another huge hit, ‘Little White Church,’ from their fourth album. The foursome scored the breakthrough of a lifetime with ‘Pontoon’, the lead single from their fifth album, ‘Tornado,’ which became their first No. 1 hit and landed them a Grammy award. Always looking to experiment with their sound, the group hit No. 2 on the charts with ‘Day Drinking,’ the first single from their most recent album, ‘Pain Killer.’ Little Big Town have also weathered an unusual series of personal ups and downs — Schlapman’s first husband, Steven Rhoads, passed away in 2005, and after Fairchild’s divorce, she and Westbrook married in 2006.

  • Founding Date: 1998 in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Top Songs: 'Pontoon,' 'Day Drinking,' 'Little White Church'
  • Did You Know? Little Big Town's very first public performance took place at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Little Big Town Songs
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5 Unforgettable Little Big Town Moments

What a long, strange journey Little Big Town have had to success in country music. The golden-throated foursome have seen plenty of highs and some devastating lows along the way, but one very special once-in-a-career song rides at the top of the most unforgettable Little Big Town moments.

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Little Big Town Learn a Few Things Playing ‘Stranger Strings’ on ‘Fallon’ [Watch]

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Taylor Swift Invites Little Big Town to CMA Awards Afterparty at Her Place

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Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton + More Read ‘Mean Tweets’ [Watch]

The second all-country music edition of Mean Tweets aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 2). Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line, Willie Nelson and more took part.

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Little Big Town Perform ‘Better Man’ at 50th Annual CMA Awards

Little Big Town took the stage in Nashville at the 2016 CMA Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 2), performing their powerful new single, "Better Man."

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Little Big Town Take Vocal Group of the Year at the CMA Awards

Little Big Town had some tough competition for Vocal Group of the Year at the 50th anniversary CMA Awards, but the seasoned quartet came out on top once again.

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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.

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How Taylor Swift’s ‘Better Man’ Became Little Big Town’s New Single

Little Big Town's new song "Better Man" practically fell out of the sky. The group tell Taste of Country that the Taylor Swift-written ballad was a very unexpected gift that they're hanging their new album on.

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