Little Big Town

Usually, when bands form with the right mix of talent, chemistry and hit songs, they take off. But it didn't quite happen that way for Little Big Town. Jimi Westbrook's father died. Karen Fairchild divorced her husband. Phillip Sweet divorced his wife. Kimberly Schlapman's husband died. They couldn't make the album they wanted to make for Sony Music, the label that had signed the band to a major deal, and they were soon dropped.
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Only after all that did the country quartet, which formed in Nashville , Tenn., almost 14 years ago, start to succeed in the music business. "We've lived a lot of lives together," Fairchild says by phone from a tour stop in Biloxi, Miss. "Losing record deals and being rejected and making a record of our own with no one looking over our shoulder and having fans and being nominated for country album of the year -- that's just a lot of life, for a few years, in the beginning.<br><br><b>
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Usually, when bands form with the right mix of talent, chemistry and hit songs, they take off. But it didn't quite happen that way for Little Big Town. Jimi Westbrook's father died. Karen Fairchild divorced her husband. Phillip Sweet divorced his wife. Kimberly Schlapman's husband died. They couldn't make the album they wanted to make for Sony Music, the label that had signed the band to a major deal, and they were soon dropped.

Only after all that did the country quartet, which formed in Nashville , Tenn., almost 14 years ago, start to succeed in the music business. "We've lived a lot of lives together," Fairchild says by phone from a tour stop in Biloxi, Miss. "Losing record deals and being rejected and making a record of our own with no one looking over our shoulder and having fans and being nominated for country album of the year -- that's just a lot of life, for a few years, in the beginning.

8:45 p.m. Friday at Joe's Bar, 940 W. Weed St.; $32; 312-337-3486 or joesbar.com

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