“LITTLE BIG TOWN AT THE MOTHER CHURCH”
Iconic Venue Heading Into Quasquicentennial Celebrations
From the stage of Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium, Little Big Town, along with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Ryman Auditorium General Manager Sally Williams, announced this morning their upcoming “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” residency. The first ever Ryman residency, slated for six nights in 2017, will kick-off on February 24 during Country Radio Seminar week. The date will coincide with the release of the Grammy-winning band’s seventh studio album entitled, The Breaker. Additional dates scheduled for the residency are February 25, May 19 & 20 and September 15 & 16. The opener for the February 24 show will be Brent Cobb and February 25 will be Ashley Monroe. Tickets and special two-day packages for all shows will go on sale Friday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m.via ticketmaster.com and ryman.com and will be available online only. Tickets for the concerts will be $90.50, $60.50 and $50.50. Each ticket purchased to see Little Big Town at the Ryman includes one (1) physical album of Little Big Town’s new album, The Breaker, scheduled to be released on February 24, 2017. Also on Friday, CID Entertainment will offer additional VIP experiences. For full details, visit bit.ly/2e5PIws.
“Little Big Town at the Mother Church” will see the Grand Ole Opry members return to the historic Ryman, where they first graced the storied stage in 2005. Each of the six shows will feature different support acts and surprise special guests. Known for their progressive partnerships, expect the unexpected from these upcoming shows. With no other headlining tour currently scheduled, “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” will account for a large portion of the foursome’s touring plans in North America in 2017. These limited live dates are not to be missed.
“As musicians, there is no better feeling in the world than playing on the stage at the Ryman,” said Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook. “To be given the opportunity to headline their first residency means so much to us as a band and we promise to make each night as memorable for the fans as possible.”
“To launch our 125th-anniversary celebration we wanted to do something new – a Ryman residency,” said Williams. “Little Big Town consistently bring to the table fresh, exciting creations.
‘Little Big Town at the Mother Church’ will be no exception. We’re honored to celebrate this major milestone with them and to cement their place in Ryman history moving forward.”
In addition to the residency, Little Big Town announced the release of their seventh studio album, The Breaker (Capitol Records Nashville), available in stores February 24. The album, produced by Jay Joyce, features lead single, “Better Man,” written by Taylor Swift, and is currently climbing the charts at radio. The video for “Better Man,” directed by Becky Fluke and Reid Long, premieres worldwide today. To view the video click here: http://vevo.ly/2JlWhh.
“The Breaker is about letting go of things that break you, it’s about the new ground you try and break as a human being and as a musician. Sometimes you’re the one that’s broken and sometimes you’re the breaker,” said Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild. “It’s a sentimental record because we’re feeling super grateful for our friends and family and the chance to share the next chapter.”
The press conference also set the theme for the Ryman’s 125th celebration next year: Inspired. The building that has inspired so many will honor a storied past next year with various events and programs to be announced shortly.
ABOUT LITTLE BIG TOWN
Grammy Award-winning group, Little Big Town -- consisting of members Karen Fairchild,Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook -- first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago with hits such as"Boondocks," "Bring It On Home," "Good As Gone"and the Grammy-nominated single "Little White Church." With albums Tornado and Pain Killer, they have seen massive success with #1 singles "Pontoon," "Tornado," "DayDrinking," and most recently the history-making, best-selling country single of 2015, with "Girl Crush.” In October of 2014, the group fulfilled a career milestone and lifelong dream when Reba McIntire asked them to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry; two weeks later, they were inducted. Little Big Town has earned almost 40 award show nominations and in the past five years has taken home nearly 20 awards, including multiple Grammy,CMA and ACM awards, and an Emmy award. They are the reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year and have been nominated for the same award at this year’s CMA’s. At the 2016 Grammy Awards Little Big Town won “Best Country Group/DuoPerformance,” and “Girl Crush” received the honor for “Best Country Song.” The group recently received honors from the Academy of Country Music for Vocal Group of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year with Miranda Lambert, and the group was also recognized with the Crystal Milestone Award. At the recent BillboardAwards Little Big Town and “Girl Crush” were nominated for Top CountrySong as well as Chart Achievement Award, and the group was also honored as the2016 Music Business Association Artist of the Year. Little Big Town is currently on the road with Luke Bryan for the Kill The LightsTour and recently released their brand new single “Better Man” to country radio. “Better Man” is the first single off of the group’s forthcoming seventh studio album. For more information, visit LittleBigTown.com or follow them @littlebigtown.
ABOUT RYMAN AUDITORIUM
AboutRyman Auditorium A National Historic Landmark, Ryman Auditorium was built as a tabernacle by Captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892, served as the home of the GrandOle Opry from 1943-74, and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman is open for tours during the day and at night offers a wide variety of entertainment performances, just has it has for over 120 years. The venue was voted the 2010,2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Pollstar Theatre of the Year. Ryman Auditorium is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), a Nashville-based REIthat also owns and operates the Grand Ole Opry, and 650 AM WSM. For more information, visit ryman.com.
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