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Little Big Town Makes Waves with “Pontoon”

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.

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About the Author


Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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