Little Big Town, ‘The Breaker': Everything You Need to Know
Country music fans eagerly await the eighth studio album from country quartet Little Big Town, The Breaker, following the success of its lead single, "Better Man."
The new album, to be released in late February, will be the group's second release in less than a year and is promised to be more country-focused than 2016's Wanderlust. Below, Taste of Country has rounded up everything that's been revealed so far about the record.
Little Big Town’s new album will be titled The Breaker.The group first announced the title of its eighth studio album at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during a press conference in November 2016.
The Release Date
Fans don't have to wait much longer as The Breaker is set for release on Feb. 24, 2017. The album is being released less than a year after Little Big Town's latest pop-infused studio album, Wanderlust.
The Record Label
The Breaker will be released via Capitol Nashville. It continues the bond between artist and label, as it will be Little Big Town's fifth album with Capitol since signing in 2008.
The Album Cover
Album art for The Breaker has yet to be released.
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For The Breaker, Little Big Town returned to producer Jay Joyce, who also produced their 2014 smash effort, Pain Killer. For those who've forgotten, that album yielded the ubiquitous and somewhat controversial crossover hit "Girl Crush."
Joyce has also written songs for Little Big Town in the past (as well as other artists) and has tattooed his name to production work on Eric Church's Mr. Misunderstood and Pawn Shop by the Brothers Osborne.
Little Big Town released The Breaker's first single, "Better Man," in October 2016. A few weeks later, fans became even more intrigued when Little Big Town revealed the song was written by country-gone-pop superstar Taylor Swift. LBT singer Karen Fairchild made the announcement in November 2016 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
“Some of you have been asking and we told you that there was a young girl in Nashville that wrote it by herself, and it’s Taylor Swift,” Fairchild shares. “She sent us this song and it was one that was really special to her, and she thought of us because of the harmonies. She’s never pitched the song to anyone before, and the moment that we heard it we were like, ‘Man, that is a song that we’re going to cut.'”
"Better Man" currently has more than 10 million plays on Spotify and may send additional artists knocking on Swift's door for hit singles.
Besides "Better Man," no other songs from The Breaker have been released. However, Little Big Town mentioned The Breaker's title track was written by Connie Harrington and TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne.
The group also hinted the rest of the album is more country infused than its 2016 pop effort Wanderlust. Nonetheless, the group notes the album explores new corners of its music, so don't expect it to sound too traditional.
“Every record has a life of its own, a personality of its own. And this one really has its own personality, too,” Phillip Sweet says. “I think we went in this time with even more confidence and an idea to push ourselves even further. I feel like the music has a feeling of, it feels good. There’s a lot of feel-good stuff on this record.”
Though Little Big Town haven't announced plans for a nationwide tour in 2017, they will be performing a six-show residency at Ryman Auditorium beginning Feb. 24 — the same day The Breaker is released. The Little Big Town at the Mother Church residency will last through September.
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