Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook is in good spirits after a long period of recovery from vocal cord surgery.
In a video posted to the band’s Facebook page on Aug. 10, Westbrook decided to have a little fun while giving a special message to his fans. He shows off his ability to speak, which he was unable to do for weeks after surgery. It’s obvious now his surgery seems to have changed his pitch.
“I can talk. It’s kind of.. different.. weird,” Westbrook jokes, as he talks in a cartoon-like voice. “But maybe I can get used to it.”
He ends the clip with a laugh and smile, which shows just how far he has come since doctors discovered harmful nodules on his vocal cords in July. In the band’s initial announcement of Westbrook’s surgery, member Kimberly Schlapman explained he was told he could either have the surgery or lose the ability to sing permanently.
After being forced to cancel two months of performances from the 2015 Pain Killer Tour, Little Big Town is scheduled to return to the stage Aug. 22, with a performance at the Eastbound Hoedown Music Festival in Avondale, Newfoundland, Canada. You can find a full list of upcoming tour dates at the band’s website.