Little Big Town – “Little White Church”

Juli Thanki | March 3rd, 2010

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In the Mixed-Gender Pop-Country Band Popularity Contest, Little Big Town is lagging somewhere behind Gloriana and Lady Antebellum these days. That’s a shame, because they’re more dynamic than either of those two groups. New single “Little White Church” has the potential to put the quartet back in the race.

Though it shares a title with a bluegrass gospel song, “Little White Church” is pretty far removed from Sunday morning music, unless the old adage “no huggy, no kissy until I get a wedding ring” can be attributed to King Solomon instead of that dude from the Georgia Satellites. Though it’s no “Keep Your Hands to Yourself,” “Little White Church” is awfully catchy. Best of all, when so many singles on the radio sound the same, this one stands out.

Just when the song begins chugging along at a good clip, the music suddenly cuts out, leaving us with a nifty little handclap interlude. As quickly as it screeched to a halt, the electric guitar picks up again, racing to the chorus with all the speed of a shotgun wedding. Little Big Town’s vocals and harmonies are tight as usual as they sing about a gal who’s fed up with her man’s empty promises and decides to lay down the law. “I may be cheap, but I ain’t freeā€¦No more callin’ me baby/No more lovin’ like crazy/No more chicken and gravy/Ain’t gonna have your baby/’Til you take me down to the little white church” might not be the most poetic lyrics ever written, but they’re delivered with enough energetic sass that the listener can’t help but be carried along.

“Little White Church” is more Kelly Clarkson than Keith Whitley; the song’s connection to country is tenuous. But it’s that time of year when an infectious, upbeat hit ushers in spring after a dreary winter. “Little White Church” fits the bill perfectly.

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Listen: Little Big Town – “Little White Church”

  1. kb
    March 3, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I beg to differ, Little Big Town is ‘not lagging’ behind Gloriana and Lady Antebellum! They have been hard at work writing new, wonderful music and have not been out on the road, as evidenced by the catchy song, Little White Church! It is an infectious song that is sure to be a big hit! Anyone who has seen Little Big Town live will know that they are certainly NOT lagging in talent and that their songwriting is top notch! Enjoy LIttle Big Town on tour this summer and you will definately see why they are nominated for ACM’s Top Vocal Group of the Year!! They are very nice people, too!!

  2. NormaJeanBaker
    March 3, 2010 at 6:27 am

    They may be “lagging” behind Lady A and Glorianna in terms of records sales but certainly not in talent! This new single and soon to be release album will push them past the “poser” group of Glorianna and will most certainly rival Lady A.

  3. Stormy
    March 3, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Please buy their album so the poor band can afford shoes.

  4. Thomas
    March 3, 2010 at 8:19 am

    …buy some more albums and it may be enough for boots.

  5. waynoe
    March 3, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Wow. A “thumbs up” review. How refreshing.

    LBT has not done as well since changing labels. Their history bears the fact that when with a major label, as their original one, they are more pop-oriented. I was sad when they left their label where they had some success.

    This is a great-sounding group. They were a breath of fresh air. It seems they are being overshadowed by Lady A and Gloriana. So here’s hoping that the single does well, if not for the sole purpose of getting back in the light of recognition.

    It’s not their best, but they need to get back up and hopefully this will help in that regard.

  6. Rick
    March 3, 2010 at 11:05 am

    This is a fun song and deserves to do well at AirHead Top 40 country radio, but song quality and airplay levels have become disconnected these days.

    LBT is considered “old news” by country radio who would rather adopt a new young and hip act like The Band Perry rather than let these old fogeys (by the standards of Taylor Swift’s audience anyway) back in the door. We’ll see if they get shunned as badly as SheDaisy, but if somehow this song does garner airplay it will be a nice addition to the pop-rock schlockfest that is Contemporary Country radio these days…

  7. Leeann Ward
    March 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I enjoy this one quite a bit.

  8. Steve M.
    March 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I like these guys, but I suspect they will have trouble finding airplay as country music has started to move toward the pop trend of favoring new artists at the expense of “older” acts. Which is sad for them-they have the 2nd best song ever about Boondocks.

  9. Stormy
    March 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    How did LBT get to be one of the “country” bands? All the reviews of them I read compare them to Fleetwood Mac.

  10. Thomas
    March 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    …probably the same way as the eagles.

  11. Nicolas
    March 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I haven’t listened to this yet, but I’m very happy to hear that they have new music coming out… I was beginning to wonder about them, having been absent from radio since “Good Lord Willing” (my favorite song) in early 2009 <3 I'm sure I will love this

  12. Laura
    March 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I don’t understand why they’re not bigger than they are and they should be!! I’ve always heard better things from fans and critics but yet they’re not ‘big’. You think with all the people that they’ve opened up for, would have totally put them on the map. Makes me wonder that’s for sure. I live in Canada and the CMT here NEVER plays them but plays L.A. and Gloriana way too much. Hopefully the new CD in the summer will put them on the map the way they so deserve to be!! :)

  13. Lizzy B
    March 4, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    LBT never left. This song proves that they have no intention of ever leaving. Take notes Gloriana. This is how you sang…

  14. Drew
    March 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Ugh, terrible.

  15. Donna
    March 6, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Little White Church is a hit. LBT has pure talent without the help of studio mix. Gloriana, Rascal Flatts, or whatever group who can’t really sing unless its fixed could learn a few things from a group that really has talent. Go LBT!!!

  16. SKD
    March 6, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Love their sound, they are awesome!

  17. DonnaD
    March 7, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I LOVE IT!! LBT is a hard-working group that deserves much more success than the dime-a-dozen acts we hear on contemporary country radio. I get so tired of the same six songs the stations keep in rotation. This would give ‘em a kick in the pants.

  18. merlefan49
    March 7, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I don’t care for it.

  19. Chris D.
    March 10, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I’m pretty sure my roommate is sick of this song already.

  20. Mike
    March 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    LBT is a very talented group with excellent harmony.
    Little White Church has a catchy beat and lyrics. I enjoyed it and I think it will do well on the charts!

  21. Amanda
    March 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I have been engaged forever!We own a home and I have the ring….but NO wedding plans yet…:sigh:.. This song describes me exactly. Loved Boondocks and now this… LOVE it!

  22. Peter
    May 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I like it but everytime I hear it, I can’t help singing Ramjam’s Black Betty to it LOL

  23. cool dude
    May 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    its ok but i think it needs a little more people in the band

  24. cool dude
    May 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    its okkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  25. Celestial
    August 20, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Little white church—–that’s my theme song from now on cooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. jamj
    August 22, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Takes real talent to run outside of the pack, instead of with it. It would be nice if there were more that had that kind of talent, love little white church.

  27. cindy
    September 2, 2010 at 7:31 am

    the little white church is a great song and the viedio is funny call me when the chickin and gravy is ready.keep up the good work.

  28. Regina George
    September 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I would have expected this song to be released, but I’m so so glad it was. It’s totally what they needed, a kick ass-out you in your place- song and Karen rocks the vocals, not to mention the harmonies. These guys are great and honestly I don’t see any more or less competition with them and LAdy A/and Glorina than they have with Carrie or George. These guys are different, their sound is unique and while it gets a little church choiry at times, and they are a little less main stream when it comes to demographic I think their gonna have a sslow but subtle rise. there are some really good songs on their new album, check out the Hillary Lindsey cuts. she does most of Carrie’s hits. And while you’re at it, see them live. They are better on a stage than recorded. you won’t regret it.

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