Everything We Know About Little Big Town’s New Album, ‘Nightfall’
Following the release of their new single, "Over Drinking," on Monday (Sept. 9), Little Big Town have unveiled plans to drop their ninth studio album. The new project, called Nightfall, will come out early in 2020, just one day after the group's landmark Jan. 16 performance at New York City's historic Carnegie Hall.
During that performance, USA Today reports, LBT will perform their new album in full; the group will embark on a theater tour following that kick-off performance. Singer Karen Fairchild tells the Associated Press that the choice of venue was intentional, in order to fit the body of work they'll be touring.
"The record feels kind of cinematic to me, but there's also a lot of beautiful intimate moments," she explains. "In a theater, this record is really going to shine." Read on to learn everything we know so far about the group's forthcoming ninth record!
On Monday (Sept. 9), the group officially revealed that their next record's title will be Nightfall. That name also lends itself to their accompanying tour, which will be called The Nightfall Tour.
The Release Date
Nightfall's release comes on Jan. 17, 2020 -- just one day after the group performs a special album release show at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall. That performance will mark the first time a mainstream country act has graced the venue's stage since Alan Jackson's 2013 Carnegie Hall show.
The Record Label
All of Little Big Town's records since 2008 have been released via Capitol Nashville. Their next album will likely follow suit, though the group has not officially announced that the label will be backing Nightfall.
According to USA Today, Little Big Town self-produced their new record. This marks a departure for the group: LBT worked with producer Jay Joyce on their last record, 2017's The Breaker, as well as 2014's Pain Killer and 2012's Tornado (in 2016, they worked with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo on their Wanderlust album.)
The Album Cover
Little Big Town haven't shared the details of Nightfall's album cover art yet. Stay tuned!
The new single from LBT's new project, "Over Drinking," is a beer-soaked, sway-a-long bar anthem dedicated to getting over a breakup. Co-written by accomplished Nashville songwriters Ashley Gorley, Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Jesse Frasure and Steph Jones, the track is a swagger-filled, optimistic twist on a heartbreak tune.
According to USA Today, however, the song almost didn't make the album. After Frasure sent a video clip of the track to the band, Fairchild recalls, they scrambled to find time to record it. Ultimately, they got creative, making a makeshift studio, with taped-up insulation, out of their dressing rooms in order to record the guitar and drum parts. Later, they returned to a more conventional studio to finish off the vocals.
"I think it's the fastest we've ever heard a song, turned around and cut it," Fairchild remarks.
No official track list for the project has yet been announced, although in addition to the single, the group has shared a reflective and poignant ballad called "The Daughters." Released as a single in April of 2019, the track calls out the problem of young women growing up being made to believe that their worth is tied to physical appearance, and that they themselves are less important than their male counterparts.
After their Jan. 16, 2020 Carnegie Hall date, Little Big Town will begin an ambitious theatre tour spanning through May of 2020. The trek will feature Caitlyn Smith as opener. Click here for details and a complete list of dates!
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