The other day, our show announced that Little Big Town had produced a project that was not Country. In fact, this project was pop and was produced by Pharrell!
Since rumors have begun spreading about LBT leaving our format (including from us during the round up), the band was interviewed by Billboard magazine.
As for how to describe the fairly spontaneous project, Schlapman admitted, “We don’t know what it is! We don’t know what’s gonna happen with it, really. We’re going to put it out there Tuesday night and see what happens,” she said, referring to their planned performance on the Voice season finale of the newly available leadoff track, “One of Those Days.”
They do know what it’s not. “It’s not a country record,” Karen Fairchild told Billboard. “And it’s not like anything we’ve ever done. It’s fun to be spontaneous and put it out there to the fans, because we want to, and not to overthink it, but just because it has brought us a lot of joy, and we think it will for them as well. So why not? We’re going with our gut and putting it out there. It’s just music, you know?”
The band tells Billboard that the project got underway in Nashville in January as a sort of blind date, when Williams flew into town to try writing with the group for a couple of days. “And it was when we got a big snowstorm in Nashville, so we were really just stuck in the studio. I think we ordered Waffle House in,” Fairchild laughed. “We kept writing songs and playing ‘em, and our band was there. It felt like something we had never done before — and for being a band as long as we have, that’s a hard thing to say, that it’s something that’s new. We were so intrigued that we flew to L.A. and wrote some more songs, and then after the ACM Awards [in April, where they won Vocal Group of the Year for the third time], we were like, well, we’re coming back to write more songs. And it just kept going and going, until we felt it was too special not to share.”
Here is one of their new songs from the album: