Little Big Town: The Power of Four
By developing individual talents and making bold musical decisions, contemporary country music’s first two-woman, two-man vocal group, Little Big Town, joined the top echelon of country music stardom.
Open June 29, 2018 - June 9, 2019
Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, known collectively as Little Big Town, are the subjects of a special exhibit, Little Big Town: The Power of Four, open June 29, 2018, through June 9, 2019, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. With top-selling albums including The Road to Here (2005), Tornado (2012), Pain Killer (2014), and, most recently, The Breaker (2017), the group has received six CMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year and three Grammys, among many other honors.
From church choir members to concert headliners and award-show favorites, this is a story of four band members’ resolve and harmony and a steadfast faith in one another.
Little Big Town members are Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook. Many of their albums have been top sellers, including The Road to Here (2005), Tornado (2012), Pain Killer (2014), and, most recently, The Breaker (2017). Little Big Town has received six CMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year and three Grammys, among many other honors.
The new exhibit tells the group’s story from the very beginning, and includes keepsakes and photos from each member’s childhood. The narrative recounts the development of individual talents that eventually brought the four together to form contemporary country music’s first two-woman, two-man vocal group. The exhibit storyline recalls early career struggles that ultimately strengthened the group’s bond and solidified their resolve to succeed on their own terms. By making bold musical decisions, the members of Little Big Town have joined the top echelon of country music stardom.
“Karen, Kimberly, Phillip, and Jimi—Little Big Town—build their music on a foundation of beautiful vocal harmonies seldom heard in country music,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “The group has enjoyed best-selling, award-winning success, but achieving that success required uncommon dedication and courage—and the willingness to make records for four different labels—before Little Big Town became consistent hit makers. Their journey has been a long one, and we embrace the opportunity to share Little Big Town’s story with our visitors.”
“Having an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something we would never have thought to dream of for ourselves. It is beyond a dream come true,” said Fairchild. “We are honored to be a part of country music, and are so thankful to all our fans, the music community here in Nashville and the museum for this privilege.”
The exhibit includes many unique items that illuminate the personalities of group members. Artifacts include a handmade Afghan ceramic pitcher, given to Sweet by an American soldier after Little Big Town performed at a small military base in isolated Tarinkot, Afghanistan. The pitcher broke on Sweet’s long trip home, and his wife, Becky, repaired it. Usually displayed in the family dining room, the pitcher is on loan to the museum.
Additional highlights of the exhibition include:
- Neon signs used for the cover photo of the album Pain Killer (2014)
- Instruments used in underwater scenes in the music video for “Pain Killer” (2014) including the *Fender DG-60 used by Jimi Westbrook and the *Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus used by Phillip Sweet
- BCBG Max Azria linen sundress with crochet detail and Golden Goose boots worn by Fairchild when she married Westbrook in a private ceremony in Nashville, May 31, 2006
- Clothes fitted with glow-in-the-dark, LED tube lighting, worn by Little Big Town for their appearance at the 2014 CMA Awards. After they performed “Day Drinking,” the group was joined on stage by pop star Ariana Grande for a performance of her hit “Bang Bang”
- Gretsc & Electromatic with silver-sparkle top played by Kimberly Schlapman in performances of “Your Side of the Bed.”
- Childhood memorabilia, including Fairchild’s high school cheerleading uniform, Westbrook’s trumpet, Schlapman’s recital costume and a drawing by Sweet.
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