It took Little Big Town five albums before they garnered their first No. 1 song with “Pontoon.” The debut single off their 2012 album Tornado, the single helped propel the band to household name status and even awarded them their first GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
In a video released earlier this week, fans can go behind the scenes and watch Little Big Town in the studio while they’re recording Tornado. The nearly six-minute clip includes the band jamming to a bluegrass rendition of “Pontoon” before they headed into the studio to test it out.
“There was just a spirit of reckless abandon I think,” Jimi Westbrook said of the track and album process.
Bandmate Phillip Sweet agreed and said that the recording process for the album was different. “You’re going to just be inventive and improvise in the moment. That is where the magic happened. That kept us motivated and inspired to do different things and think outside of our comfort zone,” he said.
The band saw many firsts with the release of Tornado. While playing The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and Ryman Auditorium were highlights, it was the fans that led Little Big Town there, and the band aren’t ones to forget that fact.
“The fans, from the very beginning, when they started buying the record were singing along and that’s the most satisfying feeling,” Kimberly Schlapman said. “When you throw your heart and soul into a piece of music and then you see people singing it back to you.”
“It’s that connection and chemistry you have with the crowd that’s going to take us to the next record I’m sure,” Karen Fairchild added.