Little Big Town Throws “Tornado” Party

photo by Kendra Gene Motycka

The weather in Nashville was relatively calm, but Little Big Town still had good reason to throw a “Tornado” bash, Monday afternoon (May 6) at the BMI building.

The band—Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet—was celebrating the success of its No. 1 single “Tornado” along with the song's writers, Natalie Hemby and Delta Maid. It marked the second straight No. 1 for Little Big Town, following the group's smash hit “Pontoon.”

The band talked about that achievement and other career milestones with reporters before the party got underway. “We’ve never had two No. 1s before. We like it,” said a smiling Karen. “It’s been completely a joy.”

The reigning Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year also remarked on the multi-year journey of reaching this point in their career. “All of that makes this much sweeter,” Jimi noted. “We’re extremely grateful.”

During the party, the band and the songwriters received commemorative medallions from the Country Music Association and plaques from Country Radio Broadcasters. Karen thanked the writers for their contribution while the entire LBT crew pointed out the tireless efforts of their record label to push the song to No. 1.

“Thanks for all the love and support,” Karen said. “We like the way this feels.”

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