“They say you are who you hang with. It’s no coincidence I wanna hang with you.” Good People – Little Big Town
Little Big Town first came to our attention in March 2013 when we travelled down to London for the Country to Country (C2C) festival. Despite being assigned a less than favourable late afternoon warm-up slot, this four-piece group totally owned the cavernous O2 arena stage in headline style.
Now back in the UK for their first live shows since C2C, Little Big Town stopped by the ABC on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. Formerly a multiplex cinema, the ABC has been transformed into a cracking little live music venue where you can get up close and personal with the performers. Perfect for a night in the company of the good people who make up Little Big Town.
With two blondes, two brunettes and impeccable harmonies, Little Big Town are like a country ABBA with a pinch of Fleetwood Mac stirred through for good measure. That said, they’re definitely not some pale imitation of musical influences. Playing to a packed house, tracks from eclectic new album Pain Killer featured heavily, although plenty of old favourites from Tornado and the rest of the band’s back catalogue made the set list too. From banging opener Turn the Lights On through to encore Boondocks, Little Big Town deftly demonstrated why music is best experienced live. My personal highlights included Girl Crush, Day Drinking, Leavin’ in Your Eyes, Tumble and Fall, Sober and Pontoon. As in London, their rocking cover of The Chain proved a real crowd pleaser.
Chatting to the crowd between numbers, Little Big Town came across as the kind of folk you’d like to hang out with at a Nashville bar or on a Florida beach. They even got a fan up on stage for an impromptu whisky tasting session. Taking a final bow at the end of the evening, the quartet seemed genuinely gobsmacked by the warmth of their Glasgow welcome. Let’s hope they come back for another visit real soon.
Little Big Town were accompanied on tour by upcoming British country duo The Shires. Unfortunately, we missed the first few songs of their set (long story) but were sufficiently taken with what we heard to invest in tickets to see them when they return to Glasgow in April.