Kimberly Schlapman, from left, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, of the musical group Little Big Town, perform at the 48th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn.
But longtime fans of the four-member, harmony-driven group know that LBT has actually been around since 1998, with its first, self-titled debut album, and has produced six albums altogether (and a few high-charting hits), including the just-released Pain Killer.
Ariana Grande, center, performs with Kimberly Schlapman, left, and Karen Fairchild, of the musical group Little Big Town at the 48th annual CMA Awards. I talked with band member Kimberly Schlapman this week on the eve of the band’s local appearance. With the aptly named Tornado, she says, “It was sort of the perfect storm for us, not one particular thing. LBT members switch off on singing lead, and Schlapman hasn’t yet had a big hit as lead singer.


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22) at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, with Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne as openers. We had a new producer, new management, new buzz around the Nashville community, and our confidence had been boosted. Her first husband, Steve Roads, died in 2005, but she has found love with another Steve (Schlapman) and they have a 7-year-old daughter, Daisy.


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Our former music critic, Mario Tarradell, and I used to have long conversations about how Lady Antebellum, the Band Perry, et al, were all terrific, but they all came on the heels of LBT, which started the harmony-driven country movement.
Expect many hits and awards for Pain Killer, too, which has even more of an edge than Tornado, blending influences such as vintage 1950s country, 1970s country, funk, groove, a cappella, bluegrass and straight-up rock.




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