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In a party hosted Sunday night (Jan. 12) by the Nashville chapter of the Recording Academy, Little Big Town and Lee Brice celebrated their nominations at the upcoming 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Little Big Town is nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song “Your Side of the Bed,” while Lee is up for Best Country Solo Performance for “I Drive Your Truck,” which also scored songwriters Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary a nomination for Best Country Song.
Both LBT and Lee were ecstatic over their nominations at the music industry’s top awards show.
“We’ve never done anything like this strong of a duet in the band before,” said LBT’s Karen Fairchild prior to the gala, held at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. “It was very emotional and I think [producer] Jay Joyce did a brilliant job of capturing the production right and the spirit of it and the loneliness of being with someone you love but being so distant. All those things have to happen to get you here, to get nominated for a Grammy. We couldn’t be more honored and thrilled.”
“There’s an honesty in that song that a lot of times is hard to capture in the studio,” echoed Karen’s bandmate and husband, Jimi Westbrook. “But we felt like we captured what that song was about and the seriousness and the realness and the rawness of that kind of thing. It’s a common thing that people experience in life. . . . I think there’s an artistic [aspect to that honesty] and hopefully that’s what [Grammy voters] were recognizing when they picked it.”
Lee also cited honesty when explaining why he thought “I Drive Your Truck”—inspired by the father of a fallen soldier who drives his son’s truck to remember him—resonated with Recording Academy members.
“The Grammys, what they recognize, is honesty. I think that’s an honest country song. It might be the most honest country song in a while,” stated Lee, citing Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” as other songs that exhibit such a genuine quality.
“It was easy to be able to sing it because the song was made to be sung, made to touch people,” continued Lee. “I was just the lucky guy who got to hear it first and got to do it. Of any song I’ve been a part of, it absolutely deserves to be here.”
For Lee, the Grammy nominees party was a rare night out: He and wife Sara have been home caring for their new baby, son Ryker, born Dec. 4.
“He’s kind of feisty, but he’s a great baby. He’s sleeping and giving us some sleep,” said Lee. Ryker joins Lee and Sara’s 5-year-old son, Takoda.
“Takoda is awesome. I didn’t know how he was going to take it, but kids will come over and ask to hold [Ryker] and he’s like, ‘No, no, no, you hold the bottle like this.’ He’s all over it.”
Lee is set to join Luke Bryan on his upcoming tour, while Little Big Town is readying a return to the studio to begin work on their follow-up to 2012’s Tornado.