OFFSTAGE: Little Big Town One Ups Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga may have tried her hand at country a few weeks ago. But she will never, ever be this country. This is how you serve up “Born This Way” country-style — with harmony, upright bass, some hand clapping, a little twang and a hell of a lot of banjo. It makes me think that if I’d never heard of Lady Gaga, and Little Big Town released this freak anthem of a song to country radio, I would dig it immediately. I’d see past the bizarre message that I get from Gaga and take it as more of an empowering self-love song. Little Big Town recorded it as part of their Scattered, Smothered & Covered series where they do impromptu takes on songs from artists who aren’t in the country box. When they did Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” with mandolin, I secretly wished they’d released a collection of these country covers on an album. I’m still secretly wishing for that.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.