January 30, 2007 Little Big Town, currently riding high on the charts with their own single and album, can also be heard on John Mellencamp's new release, Freedom's Road. The Grammy-nominated band lent their distinctive harmonies to eight of the CD's tracks, including John's current single, "Our Country," which the group performed with him last year at Game Two of the World Series. The song is also featured in Chevy's current national ad campaign.
Little Big Town opened for John on his Spring 2006 tour, and he instantly became a fan of the band's sound. Following the tour, he invited them to work with him on his new record.
"John Mellencamp has long been an influence on us," said the band's Jimi Westbrook. "To actually be in the studio with him, working on his CD was an amazing experience. We were so inspired by John's writing and the work he put into the making of this record. We are honored that he asked us to be a part of it."
Little Big Town enjoyed a year of milestones in 2006. Their album, The Road to Here, was certified gold; "Boondocks," the lead single from the CD, received gold digital certification for more than 100,000 sold in digital downloads; Billboard magazine named the group Independent Artist of the Year and The Road to Here Independent Album of the Year; and the band received their first Grammy nominations, with nods for Best Country Album and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Boondocks."