Interview: Little Big Town Says New Album Truly Is a ‘Pain Killer’

"It has a bit of a vintage throwback to it, but it's strong."

Little Big Town‘s current single “Day Drinking” is an upbeat ode to mid-day boozing. The song helped focus the direction of the GRAMMY-winning country quartet’s sixth studio album, Pain Killer.

The idea behind the title was to create an album “that helped you cope, that eased your pain,” bandmember Karen Fairchild explains to Radio.com. “That took you high and took you low.” So the band chose to “tip our hat to that theme for the whole record in different ways.” Though, she admits, “you have to pay attention to see it.”

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“Day Drinking,” then, is just one way for listeners to potentially “cope” with the ups and downs of everyday life. And speaking of that song, when the entire band sat down with Radio.com in our New York City studio earlier this week, the subject of drinking inevitably came up.

For starters, we had to ask them what alcoholic beverage best describes their latest release.

Kimberly Schlapman doesn’t miss a beat. “Fireball!” she asserts, as her three bandmates nod their heads in approval.

Karen Fairchild then asks Schlapman if she has ever tasted the cinnamon-flavored whiskey. “No, but maybe I will,” she jokes.

 

Meanwhile, Phillip Sweet, who began the interview by singing Taylor Swift‘s “Out of the Woods,” says that Fireball “packs a punch and it’s sweet,” just like Pain Killer.

Fairchild, on the other hand, likens the new album to an Old Fashioned because “it has a bit of a vintage throwback to it, but it’s strong.”

Fairchild isn’t lying. The 13-track album includes eight songs the band wrote themselves, which vary from the energetic, testosterone-driven “Faster Gun” to beautiful album closer “Silver and Gold.” Peppered in-between are excellent outside cuts like “Girl Crush” by the Love Junkies, a trio of female songwriters made up of Lori McKenna (“I Want Crazy,” “Your Side of the Bed,” “Sober”), Liz Rose (“You Belong with Me,” “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “White Horse”) and Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus Take the Wheel,” “Last Name,” “Two Black Cadillacs”).

On “Girl Crush,” Fairchild takes the lead and sings of how she has a crush of sorts on the object of an ex’s affection.

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