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Country vocal quartet Little Big Town began with Kimberly Roads and Karen Fairchild, two Georgia natives who began singing together in college. Arkansas-born and Alabama-raised Jimi Westbrook, a friend of Fairchild's husband, joined them to make a trio, and the group was completed by the addition of Arkansan Phil Sweet in 1998. From the outset, Little Big Town devoted their sound to harmony and multiple lead vocals, a combination that made the band a hard sell at first. They finally landed a deal at Mercury Records, but it fell through due to disagreements about musical direction. In the wake of the success of the Dixie Chicks, however, Little Big Town suddenly seemed a more likely commercial proposition, and they were taken up by the Dixie Chicks' label, Monument Records, in 2000. Recording sessions lasted longer than usual for a country release, but Monument finally issued the band's debut single, "Don't Waste My Time," in the winter of 2002. The song was on its way up the charts when its accompanying album, Little Big Town, arrived in May. Although the debut produced several minor hits, Little Big Town didn't become a superstar act until 2005, when The Road to Here yielded four Top 20 singles (including the ballad "Bring It on Home") and earned the group its first platinum record. A Place to Land followed in 2007 and netted three singles, none of which made it into the Top 30, but the band's profile continued to grow due to incessant touring and supporting acts from Sugarland to Carrie Underwood. Fairchild also guested with John Mellencamp on his album Life Death Love and Freedom. In May of 2010 "Little White Church" appeared as a single that peaked at number 14 on the Billboard country chart; in August of that year, Little Big Town's fourth studio album, The Reason Why, was released by Capitol. The band returned in 2012 with the single "Pontoon," which wound up topping Billboard's country chart. The band's fifth full-length album, Tornado, followed in September 2012. It was their first release to be produced by ex-In Pursuit member Jay Joyce, and it became their highest-placed album on the Billboard 200 up to that point, reaching number two. Joyce was retained for their next album's sessions and the resulting record, Pain Killer, appeared in October 2014, preceded by the single "Day Drinking." That single went to four on Billboard's Hot Country chart but it was soon overshadowed by the ballad "Girl Crush," which topped the Hot Country chart and crossed over into the pop Top 20 on its way toward winning two Grammy Awards in 2015. Little Big Town capitalized on this crossover by collaborating with Pharrell Williams for Wanderlust, a brief album that appeared with short notice in June 2016. Little Big Town returned to country in early 2017 with The Breaker, an album that featured the Taylor Swift-written single "Better Man." The set debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and topped the country chart. They promoted the effort with tours in the U.S. and U.K., with support from Kacey Musgraves, Midland, and Seth Ennis. In the midst of a 2018 summer tour with Miranda Lambert, the band issued the breezy single "Summer Fever." ~ William Ruhlmann
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  2.   Pontoon
  3.   Day Drinking
  4.   Girl Crush
  5.   Boondocks
  6.   Better Man
  7.   Little White Church
  8.   Tornado
  9.   Your Side of the Bed
  10.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  11.   Sober
  12.   Good as Gone
  13.   Fine Line
  14.   Bring It on Home
  15.   When Someone Stops Loving You
  16.   A Little More You
  17.   Summer Fever
  18.   Good People
  19.   Pain Killer
  20.   Quit Breaking Up with Me
  21.   Life in a Northern Town
  22.   Faster Gun
  23.   Turn the Lights On
  24.   Silver and Gold
  25.   Stay
  26.   We Went to the Beach
  27.   You're Gonna Love Me
  28.   Leavin' in Your Eyes
  29.   Looking for a Reason
  30.   Live Forever
  31.   I'm with the Band
  32.   Rocket Man
  33.   Happy People
  34.   One Dance
  35.   Don't Die Young, Don't Get Old
  36.   A Place to Land
  37.   Welcome to the Family
  38.   Bones
  39.   C'mon
  40.   Live with Lonesome
  41.   Lost
  42.   Good Lord Willing
  43.   Wichita Lineman by Jimmy Webb
  44.   Fine with Me
  45.   Things You Don't Think About
  46.   Stay All Night
  47.   Tumble and Fall
  48.   Free
  49.   A Thousand Years
  50.   Rollin'
  51.   Drivin' Around
  52.   One of Those Days
  53.   Front Porch Thang
  54.   Fury
  55.   Wounded
  56.   Everything Changes
  57.   The Breaker
  58.   Beat Up Bible
  59.   Lost in California
  60.   The Boat
  61.   Willpower
  62.   Skinny Dippin'
  63.   Miracle
  64.   Save Your Sin
  65.   Night Owl
  66.   Self Made
  67.   On Fire Tonight
  68.   Lonely Enough
  69.   Firebird Fly
  70.   Only What You Make of It
  71.   Novocaine
  72.   Vapor
  73.   Evangeline
  74.   Mean Streak
  75.   Tryin'
  76.   Still
  77.   Don't Waste My Time
  78.   Night on Our Side
  79.   To Know Love
  80.   Work
  81.   Love Profound
  82.   From This Dream
  83.   Go Tell It on the Mountain
  84.   Can't Go Back
  85.   Pontiac
  86.   Never Felt Love
  87.   Pavement Ends
  88.   Somewhere Far Away
  89.   We Go Together
  90.   That's Where I'll Be
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