In my humble opinion, Little Big Town is one of the more underrated acts in country music today. Although this quartet of vocalists has been around since 1998, and although they’ve have had platinum-selling records and several Top 10 hits, they’ve still wound up dwelling in the huge shadows cast by acts like Sugarland and Rascal Flatts, spending more time as concert openers than as headliners.
So when the band recently landed a slot on the CMT Music Awards performing their new single “Pontoon,” I got hopeful. When I actually heard the single, I got just plain excited.
The cool thing about country music in general is the way it can celebrate normal life—taking the little, mundane things that the average joe appreciates, enjoys and relates to, and setting them to music. Only in country music can you sing a song about puttering around a lake on a pontoon boat, drinking beer and diving off the side, and have it be so catchy that it gets a whole crowd raising their beers and singing along. (You certainly couldn’t get away with this kind of subject matter in a pop or rock song.)
I don’t really know why Little Big Town hasn’t gotten the attention they deserve. Perhaps it’s the fact that they focus on four-part harmony and sharing vocals, without any clear “front person.” But to change that dynamic would change the sound of the band, and anyway, they shouldn’t have to do that. Regardless of why they’ve stayed at least partially in the shadows…if “Pontoon” is any indication of what’s coming on the next record, I wouldn’t be surprised if Little Big Town finally gets its own spot in the limelight. They certainly deserve it, as far as I’m concerned. Take a look at the video below and see what you think.