Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Announces Details for Little Big Town Exhibition

 

LITTLE BIG TOWN TO APPEAR JUNE 26 AT
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM
IN SUPPORT OF NEW EXHIBIT LITTLE BIG TOWN: THE POWER OF FOUR

Exhibition opens June 29 with artifacts including neon signs used on album cover for Pain Killer, Karen Fairchild’s wedding dress, costumes lined with LED lighting from the 2014 CMA Awards and more

Grammy-winning vocal group Little Big Town will be the subject of a special exhibit, Little Big Town: The Power of Four, opening June 29, 2018, and continuing through June 9, 2019, at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The popular foursome will participate in a special program Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in connection with the exhibit. Details for the program appear below.

Little Big Town members are Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook. Many of their albums have been top sellers, including The Road to Here (2005), Tornado (2012), Pain Killer (2014), and, most recently, The Breaker (2017). Little Big Town has received six CMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year and three Grammys, among many other honors.

The new exhibit tells the group’s story from the very beginning, and includes keepsakes and photos from each member’s childhood. The narrative recounts the development of individual talents that eventually brought the four together to form contemporary country music’s first two-woman, two-man vocal group. The exhibit storyline recalls early career struggles that ultimately strengthened the group’s bond and solidified their resolve to succeed on their own terms. By making bold musical decisions, the members of Little Big Town have joined the top echelon of country music stardom.

“Karen, Kimberly, Phillip, and Jimi—Little Big Town—build their music on a foundation of beautiful vocal harmonies seldom heard in country music,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “The group has enjoyed best-selling, award-winning success, but achieving that success required uncommon dedication and courage—and the willingness to make records for four different labels—before Little Big Town became consistent hit makers. Their journey has been a long one, and we embrace the opportunity to share Little Big Town’s story with our visitors.”

“Having an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something we would never have thought to dream of for ourselves. It is beyond a dream come true,” said Fairchild. “We are honored to be a part of country music, and are so thankful to all our fans, the music community here in Nashville and the museum for this privilege.”

The exhibit includes many unique items that illuminate the personalities of group members. Artifacts include a handmade Afghan ceramic pitcher, given to Sweet by an American soldier after Little Big Town performed at a small military base in isolated Tarinkot, Afghanistan. The pitcher broke on Sweet’s long trip home, and his wife, Becky, repaired it. Usually displayed in the family dining room, the pitcher is on loan to the museum.

Additional highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Neon signs used for the cover photo of the album Pain Killer (2014).
  • Instruments used in underwater scenes in the music video for “Pain Killer” (2014) including:

o   Fender DG-60 used by Jimi Westbrook

o   Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus used by Phillip Sweet

  • BCBG Max Azria linen sundress with crochet detail and Golden Goose boots worn by Fairchild when she married Westbrook in a private ceremony in Nashville, May 31, 2006.
  • Clothes fitted with glow-in-the-dark, LED tube lighting, worn by Little Big Town for their appearance at the 2014 CMA Awards. After they performed “Day Drinking,” the group was joined on stage by pop star Ariana Grande for a performance of her hit “Bang Bang.”
  • Gretsch Electromatic with silver-sparkle top played by Kimberly Schlapman in performances of “Your Side of the Bed.”
  • Childhood memorabilia, including Fairchild’s high school cheerleading uniform, Westbrook’s trumpet, Schlapman’s recital costume and a drawing by Sweet.

Special programming surrounding the opening of the exhibit will include:

  • Tuesday, June 26                                         3:30 p.m.

Interview: Little Big Town
Fairchild, Schlapman, Sweet, and Westbrook will discuss their musical inspirations, creative process, and career milestones, as well as their personal histories and the joys and challenges of collaboration. The multi-media program will take place in the museum’s CMA Theater. Tickets can be reserved by clicking here.

  • Saturday, June 30                                         11:30 a.m.

Songwriter Session: Liz Rose
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Liz Rose has gained an extensive list of credits throughout her career including the Little Big Town hits “Sober,” and “Girl Crush” winning CMA and Grammy awards for the later. Rose also wrote “Crazy Girl” (Eli Young Band); “God Made Girls” (RaeLynn); “Fearless,” “Tim McGraw,” “You Belong with Me,” and Grammy Country Song of the Year winner “White Horse” (Taylor Swift); and songs recorded by Dan + Shay, Tyler Farr, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, and Chris Young. The program, presented by SunTrust will take place in the museum’s Ford Theater and will be streamed live at countrymusichalloffame.org

Both programs are included with museum admission and are free to museum members. Limited seating is available, and a program pass is required. For more information on how to reserve a program pass visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.

With an unduplicated collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the most visited museums in the United States. Little Big Town: The Power of Four joins a year packed with dynamic exhibitions, including American Currents: The Music of 2017, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s and upcoming exhibits featuring Ralph Stanley (opening July 13, 2018), The Judds (August 10, 2018) and Emmylou Harris (October 2, 2018).

For more information about this exhibition, visit countrymusichalloffame.org.

Tropicana Las Vegas Announces Country Music Superstar Lee Ann Womack on July 14

TROPICANA LAS VEGAS ANNOUNCES COUNTRY SUPERSTAR LEE ANN WOMACK ON JULY 14

 

WHAT:
Country music superstar Lee Ann Womack is bringing her one-of-a-kind voice and southern charm to Tropicana Las Vegas for one night only on Friday, July 14.

Tickets for this all ages event are priced from $29.95 to $69.95 per person (excludes taxes and fees), and can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office or by calling (800) 829-9034.

WHO:
Celebrated singer/songwriter, Lee Ann Womack is one of contemporary country music’s best voices. With her widely successful hit, “I Hope You Dance” reaching number one on the Billboard Country Chart and cracking the Top 15 on Billboard Hot 100 in mid-2000, Womack has been a force to be reckon with ever since. Having released six studio albums and won several awards, including the Grammy for Best Country Collaboration in 2003; 2001 Song of the Year from the Academy of Country Music Awards; 2005 Album of the Year from Country Music Association Awards and countless others, this is one night country music lovers won’t want to miss.

WHEN:
July 14, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Tropicana Theater at Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

About Tropicana Las Vegas
Set on the famed Four Corners with commanding views of the Las Vegas Strip, Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton is a Penn National Gaming destination and boasts stylish rooms, suites and luxury villas, complete with acclaimed restaurants, premier entertainment options and a 50,000-square-foot casino. The resort redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers by providing a casually elegant experience on The Strip, all with a South Beach rhythm and vibe. The property also features Glow® a Mandara Spa and fitness center, Laugh Factory Comedy Club and restaurants such as Bacio Italian Cuisine, Oakville Steakhouse, Beach Café, and Barista Café, Fresh Mix and South Beach Food Court, and will open Robert Irvine’s Public House summer 2017. For more information, visit www.troplv.com.

PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 8th ANNUAL ACM HONORS TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

acm honors

PERFORMERS AND PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR

8th ANNUAL ACM HONORS

TO BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

AT HISTORIC RYMAN AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT TICKETMASTER AND AT THE RYMAN BOX OFFICE

WHAT:  The 8th Annual ACM HONORS, as previously announced, is an evening of musical tribute performances and award presentations celebrating the non-televised special honorees and winners from the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held earlier this year.  Tickets priced at $40.00 are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office.

WHO: Participants include host Jake Owen, musical director Frank Liddell, performers Dierks Bentley, Clare Bowen, Shawn Camp, Kelly Clarkson, Rodney Clawson, Hunter Hayes, Will Hoge, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Sam Palladio,Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Oak Ridge Boys and presenters Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Chesney, Pete Fisher, Brenda Lee, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett,  The Swon Brothers and more. 

Honorees include Special Awards recipients Bob Beckham (posthumously), Steve BuchananJack Clement (posthumously), Dean DillonToby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie MilsapPaul Moore, Buck Owens (posthumously), Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts. Studio Recording Awards (formerly MBI Awards) recipients include Shannon Forrest, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Charlie Judge, Rob McNelley, Justin Niebank, Michael Rhodes and Bryan Sutton. Industry Award winners include Brian O’Connell of Live Nation, Nicole More of Neste Event Marketing, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater in Austin, TXBilly Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, TX, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TNGrand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN, Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and Mohegan Sun Wolf Den in Uncasville, CT.  Shane McAnally will be honored as Songwriter of the Year.  For more information on specific awards, please visit www.acmcountry.com.

Special Awards recipient Merle Haggard was previously presented with the ACM Crystal Milestone Award for his 50 years in country music on the 49th ACM Awards in April. 

WHEN:
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014                                  
          
7:00pm Show Begins

 

WHERE: Ryman Auditorium
116 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN