Little Big Town
Blending a bit of old-time revival with a conscientious flair for the present, Little Big Town is best known for their effortless harmonies, and trading off of lead vocals. The hard to pigeon-hole quartet, Kimberly Roads, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phil Sweet, had a difficult time initially getting labels to bite, until the Dixie Chicks' label, Monument, signed them in 2000. Their self-titled debut was released in 2002, followed by The Road Here in 2005. It was this album that familiarized most country music fans with their music, yielding four Top 20 singles and earning platinum status. Two years later, the band released A Place to Land, touring incessantly with a number of other artists, including high profile tours with Carrie Underwood and Sugarland. This set them up nicely for their fourth effort, The Reason Why, which included the barn burner, "Little White Church." The oh-so-sexy, "Pontoon," dominated the airwaves during the summer of 2012, and eventually topped the Billboard charts in September. The band's sound, while still steeped in rich harmonies, had progressively taken on a '70s Laurel Canyon vibe, and comparisons to Fleetwood Mac were thrown out liberally when describing their sound. In 2014, Little Big Town released Pain Killer.