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LBT, Killer put out new music

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Little Big Town, the Killer and a few holiday CDs are out today.

Little Big Town is out with "Pain Killer." Comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, the foursome co-wrote 8 of the 13 tracks, including the hit "Day Drinking." Jay Joyce, who produced the group's 2012 release "Tornado," also was at the helm for the new disc.

Jerry Lee Lewis may be nearing 80, but he shows no signs of slowing down on "Rock & Roll Time." The 11-song disc includes Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."

Darius Rucker and LeAnn Rimes both dish out music for the holiday. Rucker is out with "Home for the Holidays," a dozen songs including "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." He wrote one of the songs, "Candy Cane Christmas."

Rimes previously released a holiday CD, and is back with a six-song release, "One Christmas, Chapter 1." The set is mainly traditional songs, but there is one entitled "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas."

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Nightfall CD review - Nightfall
Little Big Town gets billed as a country music vocal group, but "Nightfall" plays out more like a four-headed singer-songwriter effort. Many of these songs hearken back to some of the best '70s introspective songwriter efforts. The album opens with "Next to You," which builds from a gentle meditation, into a full-on anthemic ode to the comfort and strength of fidelity. "Questions" interestingly finds an ex asking questions via song lyrics, which she can never »»»
The Breaker CD review - The Breaker
Anyone who missed Little Big Town's remarkable 2012 Unplugged performance on CMT should seek it out online. When they sing their monster hit "Pontoon," four hypnotic voices combine to harmonic perfection with no studio tricks - pick from any of the microphones, and it works as the song's lead vocal. But now that the group has ascended to the upper rung of stardom, different challenges arise. How do you compete with yourself fresh from a Grammy for Best Country Song »»»
Pain Killer CD review - Pain Killer
For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»