Concert Review: Little Big Town Entertain Fans at CMAC

The multiple award-winning vocal group, Little Big Town, is touring again after rescheduling its 2020 Nightfall Tour due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Little Big Town made a stop at CMAC in Canandaigua, NY on Friday, Aug. 20, and gave its fans a night of astounding harmonies and hooks from their extensive catalog of hits. The country group consisting of Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbook and Philip Sweet dazzled their eager fans with a much needed night out of music, fun and entertainment.

From the moody ethereal sounds off their 2017 album The Breaker to the empowering twangy foot-stomping numbers from their 2012 platinum album Tornado and their newest hits from their most recent album, 2020’s Grammy-nominated, Nightfall, which showcases the group’s continued musical growth with the singles “Over Drinking,” “The Daughters,” and “Wine, Beer, and Whiskey,” Little Big Town entertained the crowd at CMAC with an over 90-minute set list.

Little Big Town promptly kicked off their 22 song set at 9:15 with “Pontoon” from their 2012 album Tornado, followed by “Rollin'” off their 2017 album The Breaker and “Sober” also off Tornado. They didn’t stop there. Since I last covered Little Big Town six years ago in 2015, I have become more of a fan of their music, writing style and storytelling. Their vocals and harmonies are second to none and still give me chills. However, the energy, musicianship and the band members not always in the limelight behind the quartet amaze me with their playing, sound and talent. Little Big Town has released 9 studio albums and 27 singles. Since I last covered them in 2015 during their Painkiller tour, they have released 3 more studio albums including Wanderlust, The Breaker (my favorite), and their most current release, 2020’s Nightfall. Little Big Town played hits from their expanding catalog all night long, pausing briefly to interact with the happy people who came out to see them early on their Nightfall tour. They ended the night with encores, “Girl Crush” from 2014 Painkiller and “Boondocks” from 2005 The Road to Here.

Opening for Little Big Town was American country musician Hailey Whitters, who was not a stranger to CMAC having recently opened for Luke Combs two weeks ago. Whitters performed several songs including “All The Cool Girls”, and “Heartland” off her 2020 album The Dream as well as a fun version of John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads”

Little Big Town set list: Pontoon, Rollin’, Sober’ Next To You, Nightfall, Overdrinking, Day Drinking, When Someone Stops Loving You, Better Man, Throw Your Love Away, Lost In California, Front Porch, Daughters, I’m With The Band//Friends, Turn The Lights On, Tornado, Rocketman, LIttle White Church, Stay All Night, Wine Beer Whiskey, and encores Girl Crush, Boondocks.

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