Impact: Little Big Town Is Ready to Drop New Album ‘Pain Killer’


By Radio.com Staff

After a summer spent “Day Drinking,” it’s time for a Pain Killer.

No we’re not advocating aspirin or other over-the-counter relief. We’re talking about the newest studio album from country quartet Little Big Town, which is set to drop this Tuesday (Oct. 21). Pain Killer is the title of the group’s sixth studio album, and in honor of this release, Little Big Town is our Impact artist this week.

“We knew the record was going to be called Pain Killer way on into the process because we love that song,” bandmember Karen Fairchild told Rolling Stone Country in July. “That song is really kind of tongue-in-cheek — ‘be the person that numbs my pain.’ We started talking about tying that thread through the whole record, to ease your pain. Don’t we want the whole record to do that for people, anyway? Whether it’s a sad moment, or a song that’s more thoughtful and has a lot more substance in the lyric, we want music to take us away. Pain Killer fits, that’s the common thread through all the songs.”

As for “Day Drinking,” that was the album’s catchy lead single, released at the start of the summer. And if it didn’t inspire actual quaffing of beverages, it certainly led to plenty of singing along—no wonder, then, that the song has reached the Top 10 of the country singles charts.

“It’s completely fun,” said Fairchild at the time of the song’s release this past June. “It kind of led the way on the record. You’ve got to find one or two pieces that feel like, ‘Ah, this is worthy of building this whole record around.’”

This week, the GRAMMY-winning group revealed another song from Pain Killer called “Quit Breaking Up with Me.” Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman share lead vocals on the track, which was written by busbee, Natalie Hemby and Shane McAnally. “You say it’s over with a middle finger / But then you’re calling before I turn off my ringer,” they sing. “And I answer ’cause I love to hear ‘you’re sorry’ for the 400th time.”

Pain Killer track list:

01: “Quit Breaking Up With Me” (Busbee, Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally)
02: “Day Drinking” (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Troy Verges, Barry Dean)
03: “Tumble and Fall” (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey)
04: “Pain Killer” (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Blair Daley, Hillary Lindsey)
05: “Girl Crush” (Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey)
06: “Faster Gun” (Jeremy Spillman, Ryan Tyndell, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet)
07: “Good People” (Jay Joyce, Natalie Hemby, Jeremy Spillman)
08: “Stay All Night” (Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Brent Cobb, Jason Saenz)
09: “Save Your Sin” (Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey)
10: “Live Forever” (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Jeremy Spillman, Ryan Tyndell)
11: “Things You Don’t Think About” (Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman)
12: “Turn the Lights On” (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Natalie Hemby, Jay Joyce, Jeremy Spillman)
13: “Silver and Gold” (Jedd Hughes, Jay Joyce, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild)

 

Little Big Town Pain Killer album cover(Courtesy Capitol Nashville)

 

Little Big Town’s Pain Killer hits stores and digital outlets Oct. 21.

Little Big Town’s Pain Killer tour dates:

Nov. 8 – Youngstown, Ohio @ Covelli Centre
Nov. 9 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bank of Kentucky Center
Nov. 13 – Roanoke, Virginia @ Salem Civic Center
Nov. 14 – Knoxville, Tennessee @ Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Nov. 15 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Fox Theatre
Nov. 20 – Denver, Colorado @ 1stBank Ceter
Nov. 21 – Wichita, Kansas @ Hartman Arena
Nov. 22 – Dallas, Texas @ Verizon theatre at Grand Prairie
Dec. 4 – Detroit, Michigan @ Masonic Temple Theatre
Dec. 5 – Chicago, Illinois @ Rosemont Theatre
Dec. 6 – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan @ Soaring Eagle Casino
Dec. 12 – Rochester, Minnesota @ Mayo Civic Center Auditorium
Dec. 13 – Rockford, Illinois @ BMO Harris Bank Center

 

 

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