Little Big Town have a busy 2017 in store. The group has just announced details of a brand new album and history-making residency in Nashville.
In a press conference at the historic Ryman Auditorium, members Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook shared that their seventh studio album, The Breaker, will be released on Feb. 24. A six-show residency at the Ryman will also kick off the same day. The dates mark the first-ever residency inside the beloved Nashville venue.
Fairchild revealed that the shows will focus on music from The Breaker, and may include some surprise guest appearances. The band also revealed a surprising fact about their latest single, “Better Man.”
The track, which is seemingly more country-oriented then their Pharrell-produced release Wanderlust, was actually penned by Taylor Swift.
“[Swift] is the biggest pop star in the world, but she’s a songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee, and 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,” Fairchild said of their choice to initially keep the writer secret.
Little Big Town’s Ryman Auditorium residency dates are as follows: Feb 24-25, May 19-20, and Sept. 15-16. The opening night will feature support from Brent Cobb, while the Feb. 25 show has Ashley Monroe slated as an opening act.
Tickets for the residency go on sale Friday, Nov. 4 at 10:00 a.m. via ticketmaster.com and ryman.com and will be available online only. Ticket prices range from $90.50, $60.50 to $50.50. Every ticket purchased will include one physical album of The Breaker for no extra charge.