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Little Big Town recently rubbed elbows with acclaimed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi as part of the Symphony Spring Fashion Show, which raised funds for the Thor Johnson Scholarship Fund, a scholarship for Middle Tennessee students in grades 5-12 who are pursuing music studies.
Little Big Town provided the soundtrack for the evening’s fashion show, performing an acoustic set of some of their hits, including “Boondocks.” Isaac’s Fall 2010 collection featured plenty of cool metallics, rustic prints and neutral colors accented with bursts of color. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman wore pieces from Isaac’s collection during the event.
“I love high fashion, and I’ve been a fan of Isaac’s for a long time, so it’s an honor to wear his collection tonight and to be a part of this,” Karen, who was dressed in a quilted metallic silver coat dress, told Country Weekly.
The trio is also excited about their upcoming slot on the Country Throwdown tour, which features Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Eric Church, Jack Ingram, The Eli Young Band, Emily West, The Lost Trailers, Ryan Bingham, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, among others.
“Those are some serious, rough boys we will be touring with and we can hang,” Karen says with a laugh. “We just won’t let our children on their buses.”
Karen also looks forward to some serious songwriting with other artists. “There are some Grammy award-winning songwriters on this tour, so it will be fun to get out there and collaborate. I’m anxious to bring some folks out onstage with us.”
Past collaborations with tour mates have had some pretty spectacular results for Little Big Town. On a tour with Sugarland, the song “Life in a Northern Town” began as a finale song and ended up garnering a Grammy nomination for Sugarland, Little Big Town and Jake Owen.
The group hopes for similar collaborations on the new tour. “We’ve always wanted to do something with Jamey Johnson,” says Karen. “I’ve always thought about doing Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Why Me Lord’ [with Jamey]..”
The group's Jimi Westbrook says he hopes to reprise a song with tour mate Jack Ingram that appears on Jack's latest album, Big Dreams & High Hopes. “We did a song with a huge choir of artists called ‘Barbie Doll,’ [which also features Dierks Bentley] so we may jump out and sing with [Jack] on that.”
“We owe Jack Ingram a practical joke,” offered Kimberly. “I won’t tell you what it was, but he pulled a practical joke on us one time onstage, so we owe him for that.” Jimi is quick to agree. “Payback, baby. It’s gonna be a wild, rowdy circus.”
For more on the Country Throwdown tour, pick up the May 10 issue of Country Weekly.