GRAMMY award-winning group Little Big Town is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The quartet, comprised of Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet, have been hard at work, preparing for their eight studio album, The Breaker.
Not much has been said about the release since the group announced the project back in November of 2016, but finally, LBT has revealed the highly-anticipated track list and album cover. The Breaker will feature 12 tracks, including the lead single “Better Man,” written by Taylor Swift. The group previously revealed that the country-turned-pop superstar penned the track and pitched it directly to them.
“She sent us this song and it was one that was really special to her and she thought of us because of the harmonies. She’s never pitched a song to somebody before. The moment that we heard it, we were like ‘man, that is the song that we’re gonna cut,” said Fairchild.
“Immediately, we all had the same reaction,” added Sweet. “We’ve always, through our whole career, any time we’ve had that reaction to a song, we knew it felt right. This one just felt special and we’ve known Taylor since she was in high school. She’s a dear friend of ours.”
The band decided to initially keep the songwriting credits a secret so fans could listen to it without having any preconceived notions about the song.
“We just played it for her when we finished it and she was really, really excited,” Fairchild added. “We said ‘hey, we’re not just going to blab this that you wrote this immediately.’ She said, ‘you know what? That’s the greatest honor as a songwriter that you can give me is that you don’t want anyone to know that I wrote this.’ We knew that we would tell eventually, and it was a hard question to dodge for awhile, and the only reason we didn’t say is because we wanted you to hear the song for what it’s worth and it’s a beautiful song. And at her heart, she is biggest pop star in the world, but she’s a songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. She likes to tell a story and we didn’t want you to have any subtext there other than to hear the song and we did that.”
In addition to the group releasing their latest project, LBT will take up residency in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to celebrate the venue’s 125th anniversary. The “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” residency will include six dates, starting February 24, and marks the first time an artist has taken residency inside the acclaimed landmark.
The Breaker is available everywhere beginning Feb. 24. The album’s lead single, “Better Man,” is currently available at digital retailers.
The Breaker Track Listing:
“Night On Our Side”
“Lost in California”
“We Went To The Beach”
“Don’t Die Young, Don’t Get Old”
“Beat Up Bible”
“When Someone Stops Loving You”