Little Big Town Biography
After a recording deal with the Mercury Nashville Records label which produced no singles or albums, Little Big Town released their self-titled debut on Monument Records in 2002. It produced two minor country chart singles before the group left the label. By 2005, the group had been signed to Equity Music Group, an independent record label owned by Clint Black. Their second album, The Road to Here, was released that year. Certified platinum in the US, it produced consecutive Top Ten singles on the country charts in "Boondocks" and "Bring It On Home". A Place to Land is the title of their third album, released in 2007, then re-released by Capitol Records Nashville following the closure of Equity. 2010's The Reason Why, their first release exclusively for Capitol, produced the Top 10 hit "Little White Church". 2012's Tornado produced their first number 1 hit in "Pontoon" and a Top 5 with its title track, while 2014's Pain Killer included another Top 5 hit with its lead single "Day Drinking".
Little Big Town performed harmony vocals on David Nail's 2014 album, I'm a Fire, on the song "When They're Gone (Lyle County)", co-written by Brett Eldredge. They were also featured on Miranda Lambert's 2014 album, Platinum, on a song called "Smokin' and Drinkin'", a song which the band was to record themselves. It debuted on Billboard's Country Airplay chart at number 38 after their performance of the song at the CMA Awards in 2014.
The band began recording their sixth studio album, Pain Killer, in early 2014. The lead single, "Day Drinking", was released digitally June 3, and was sent to country radio on June 9. The song debuted on the Country Airplay chart at number 32, their highest-ever chart debut, and went on to peak at number 2 on Country Airplay. Pain Killer's track listing was announced on July 14, and the album was released on October 21.
On October 3, 2014, Reba McEntire invited the group to join the Grand Ole Opry. They accepted and were inducted by Vince Gill on October 17.
The second single from the album, "Girl Crush", was released December 15, 2014.