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Little Big Town Visits Top 20

Little Big Town on the Top 20 Country Countdown set with host Nan Kelley.

Little Big Town on the Top 20 Country Countdown set with host Nan Kelley.

Little Big Town releases its new album, The Reason Why, on Tuesday, and this weekend, the band talks about it with host Nan Kelley on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown.

The album comes at a great time for LBT. The first single, “Little White Church,” is in the Top 10 on the countdown, and two of the group’s members — Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild — had a chance to adjust to parenthood while they took some downtime from the road to record the album.

They welcomed a son, Elijah Dylan Westbrook, in March while the sessions were in process. That was quite different from group member Kimberly Schlapman, who gave birth to a daughter, Daisy Pearl, in Phoenix in 2007 in the middle of a tour. The group was literally still touring right up through the end of her pregnancy and performed as a trio for the first time that night while Kimberly was in the hospital.

“As we were looking ahead, we were like, ‘Wow, this really is perfect. I can be home,’” Karen says of her own pregnancy. “I wasn’t feeling that hot anyway, and [I could] be in the studio and get fat, and no one will have to see it.”

“That’s what’s so not fair!” Kimberly laughs. “There are pictures of me everywhere and none of her!”

In addition to the Top 20 appearance, Karen, Jimi, Kimberly and Phillip Sweet will be highlighted this weekend in GAC’s Origins: Little Big Town. It premieres Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.

Top 20 Country Countdown counts down the week’s top country videos from No. 20 to No. 1 as voted by viewers on each week on A new countdown premieres every Friday at 8 p.m. ET on GAC and airs again Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET; Sundays at 1 p.m. ET; and Mondays at 10 a.m. ET. Viewers can vote for their favorite videos, as well as purchase Top 20 artists’ albums and ringtones at


1. Carrie Underwood “Undo It”
2. Miranda Lambert “Only Prettier”
3. Blake Shelton “All About Tonight”
4. Gary Allan “Get Off On The Pain”
5. Danny Gokey “I Will Not Say Goodbye”
6. Toby Keith “Trailerhood”
7. Little Big Town “Little White Church”
8. Kellie Pickler “Makin’ Me Fall In Love Again”
9. Rodney Atkins “Farmer’s Daughter”
10. Katie Armiger “Leaving Home”
11. Trace Adkins “This Ain’t No Love Song”
12. Alan Jackson “Hard Hat And A Hammer”
13. Miranda Lambert “The House That Built Me”
14. The Band Perry “If I Die Young”
15. Chris Young “Voices”
16. Billy Currington “Pretty Good At Drinking Beer”
17. Sugarland “Stuck Like Glue”
18. Reba McEntire “I Keep On Lovin’ You”
19. Chuck Wicks “Hold That Thought”
20. Laura Bell Bundy “Drop On By”


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