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Cindy Watts , firstname.lastname@example.org 10:46 a.m. CDT November 1, 2016
Little Big Town plans to stick closer to home in 2017 — with a six-show residency at Ryman Auditorium.
The “Girl Crush” singers revealed plans for the residency Tuesday morning from the stage of country music’s Mother Church, alongside Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Ryman Auditorium general manager Sally Williams. The group’s shows at the Ryman mark the first residency for the venue and will be a bulk of Little Big Town’s shows in the United States next year. While they are planning to tour internationally, the group doesn’t have a domestic headlining tour on the books for 2017.
“It’s so amazing, that’s all I can say,” said Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild. “We were so blown away by the idea of not touring as much next year and staying home and being focused on what those nights at the Ryman would look like ... special guests, and songs for the Ryman, and all the people who have stood on that stage. It was really an overwhelming thought, but good overwhelming.”
The first of the six Little Big Town concerts is set for Feb. 24 — the same day the group plans to release its seventh studio album “The Breaker,” home to its new single “Better Man.” The additional dates are Feb. 25, May 19 and 20 and Sept. 15 and 16. Fairchild said each show will be different with the February concerts geared toward new music and others both reflecting on the history of the venue and giving singers who have never performed on the stage the opportunity to shine.
“I think it’s important to respect all of that heritage,” Fairchild said. “We’ll have special guests who want to sing their own songs or sing songs from the Ryman’s great history. They’ll be lots of collaboration and lots of special guests that will reflect our 18 years as a band.”
She said the nights will also include people who have inspired the group over the years, headliners with whom the group has toured, as well as new talent Little Big Town sees as the future of country music.
“To launch our 125th anniversary celebration we wanted to do something new — a Ryman residency,” Williams said in a statement. “Little Big Town consistently brings to the table fresh, exciting creations. Little Big Town at the Mother Church will be no exception. We’re honored to celebrate this major milestone with them and to cement their place in Ryman history moving forward.”
Tickets are $50.50 - $90.50 and will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday through the Ryman’s box office and Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. Each ticket will include a physical copy of Little Big Town’s “The Breaker.” VIP packages will also be offered.