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Little Big Town Rocks Bemidji

By Melissa Mathies and Whitney Jackson

The band's members, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, and Kimberly Schlapman, sing in unison to a crowd favorite. (Photo by Whitney Jackson)
The band’s members, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, and Kimberly Schlapman, sing in unison to a crowd favorite. (Photo by Whitney Jackson)

Little Big Town kicked off their fall tour here in Bemidji, MN at the Sanford Center on Thursday, October 8th and sold more tickets than any other event. The show kicked off with country newcomer, Cam. Originally a native from San Francisco, California, Camaron Marvel Ochs paired her big hair and even bigger voice in order to get Bemidji on their feet. Her most popular single, “Burning House”, got a strong response from the audience when Cam relayed a dream she had that inspired her to write the heartfelt song.

Later, Drake White & The Big Fire stole the show and the love of the audience with his dance moves and authentic voice. Born in Hokes Bluff, Alabama, White began writing songs at the age of 14. In early 2013, White released his single, “Simple Life”, which he debuted at the show Thursday evening.

Little Big Town finally hit the stage soon after, opening with their hit song “Day Drinking” from their newest album, Pain Killer. The band then sang a couple of their most well-known singles; “Little White Church” and “Bring it on Home.”

The band’s members consist of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phil Sweet.

Fairchild and Roads originally started singing together in college and were soon joined by Westbrook and Sweet in 1998 to complete the quartet in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2000, the band was signed by Monument Records and began working on their first album, which was self-titled. The album was released in May of 2002. Their next album, Road to Home, was released a few years later and helped jumpstart the band’s career, giving them four songs on the top-twenty charts and a platinum record. Now in 2015, the band is bigger than ever, releasing hot new albums and selling out shows across the nation.

Throughout the concert, the four artists played a mixture of songs from four of their albums; Road to Home (2005), The Reason Why (2010), Tornado (2012), and Pain Killer (2014).

Little Big Town gained a huge response from the audience when they sang “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”, a song they originally sang as a duet with Miranda Lambert and can be found on Miranda’s album, Platinum. The show neared its end with the band playing, “Tornado,” and “Pontoon,” with a standing ovation from the audience. The band then left the stage and returned once again to play “Girl Crush” and “Boondocks.” The show ended with another standing ovation and cheers.

The band plays every weekend in cities across the nation until December.