A Place to Land [Bonus Tracks]

A Place to Land [Bonus Tracks]

by Little Big Town


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A Place to Land [Bonus Tracks]

Little Big Town scored big with its second album, 2005's The Road to Here, thanks to the chart topping single "Gone." Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet's meld rootsy contemporary country with acoustic and electric instruments and vocal harmonies inspired by Fleetwood Mac proved irresistible. A Place to Land is superior to its predecessor in every way: production feels more organic, the music is more sophisticated, and the lyrics more poignant. Perhaps the real secret to the success of this quartet is its secret weapon in behind-the-boards fifth member Wayne Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is the band's producer and songwriting partner. He's chief guitar picker, and plays just about anything with strings, as well as the clavinet and B-3. If the sound on The Road to Here is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac's glory years, A Place to Land drinks deeply from the well of the entire Southern California scene from the mid- to late '70s. It's not all regurgitation either. Little Big Town's sound is rooted deeply in traditional, organic country music. Their songs meld seamlessly with the vocal harmonies that evoke vintage Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Eagles earliest records. While the album's opener, "Fine Line," literally rings with Lindsey Buckingham's chord progressions, choruses, and arranged vocals (à la "Go Your Own Way"); it's open rock & roll territory with one exception: the verse structure has enough hard country to rise above that influence. They distinguish themselves a bit more on the album's road-weary first single, "I'm with the Band." Its beautifully paced B-3, electric guitars, and big cracking drums, Dobro, banjos, and mandolin are woven into a beautiful road song. The Eagles get melody-checked in "That's Where I'll Be," but the harmonies here could only be better if Bernie Leadon and Timothy B. Schmit joined in for six-part harmony. The acoustic guitars rise and fall, keeping a steady rhythmic chatter that serves as a painterly backdrop for those gorgeous voices. There is a loneliness and conviction in the song that feels authentic. This band has another side as well, and it's brought out in spades with the spooky "Evangeline," a harrowing song about emotional abuse: "You don't have to be kicked to be bruised/And you don't have to be hit to be abused...." It's one woman talking to another, exhorting her to see what's happening at the hands of a sick, violent man. With its high lonesome guitars, a spidery Dobro, and muffled floor tom, it's as powerful in its way as Gretchen Wilson's "Independence Day." Those who thrive on love songs will find "To Know Love" irresistible. It's profound in its poetry, and simplicity. "Novocaine," with its bluesed-out slide opening, explodes into a hand-clapping rocker. For all of LBT's appropriation of signature sounds from '70s L.A., their manner of employing them is, paradoxically, their trademark. There isn't another act out there on the road or in a studio today that sounds remotely like them. [The album was reissued in 2008 with four tracks added, including a cover of Dream Academy's 1985 hit "Life in a Northern Town."]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099922786425
catalogNumber: 27864
Rank: 12797

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Big Town   Primary Artist,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Phil Madeira   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Ron Block   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar,Pedals
Stuart Duncan   Viola
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Charles Judge   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Gordon Kennedy   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wayne Kirkpatrick   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Tambourine,Vocals,Clavinet,12-string Guitar,Hand Clapping,Shaker,national steel guitar,Foot Stomping,Mando-Guitar,Crowd Noise
Chris McHugh   Drums
Travis Aaron McNabb   Percussion,Drums
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Kristian Bush   Mandolin,Vocals
Brandon Bush   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Glenn Spinner   Vocals,Foot Stomping,Crowd Noise
Scott Patton   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs   Dobro
Jennifer Nettles   Vocals
Karen Fairchild   Tambourine,Vocals
Jimi Westbrook   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Annie Clements   Bass,Background Vocals
Jake Owen   Vocals
Phillip Sweet   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Foot Stomping
Rebecca Sweet   Vocals,Foot Stomping,Crowd Noise
Kimberly Roads   Vocals
Thad Beaty   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Wayne Kirkpatrick   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Todd Robbins   Engineer
Aaron Swihart   Engineer
Jon Randall   Composer
Gilbert Gabriel   Composer
Kristian Bush   Audio Production
Glenn Spinner   Engineer
David Haskell   Engineer
Jennifer Nettles   Producer,Audio Production
Little Big Town   Audio Production
Jimi Westbrook   Composer
Joanna Carter   Art Direction
Jessi Alexander   Composer
Phillip Sweet   Composer
Kimberly Roads   Composer

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A Place to Land 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just from the 30-second clips, this sounds like a must-acquire album. Can't wait!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very much looking forward to this album coming out on November 6. It is another amazing work from an amazing group. Way to go LBT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The wait for the newest cd by Little Big Town is just about over and all fans old and new will love this cd as well as A Road To Here. The songs on this cd show both a fun side and a serious side to Little Big Town. I think that their name should actually be Little Big Heart! It's Gonna be Great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
can't wait to get this album to add to my collection.. another job well done..
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like down to earth, foot-stomping, and just plain fun you cannot go wrong with this choice. Buy it as soon as possible because it is going to fly off the shelves. This band is unstoppable!