Little Big Town’s “Your Side of the Bed” is nominated for a Grammy for best country duo/group performance. When I recently asked the band what are their odds for winning, Kimberly Schlapman did some math in her head, then joked, “One in five?”
The band’s sad-but-hopeful song about a relationship growing apart is up against the Civil Wars’ “From This Valley,” Tim McGraw’s collaboration with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on “Highway Don’t Care,” Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill’s “Don’t Rush” and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”
(Schlapman joked that she’d just discovered Gill has more than 30 Grammys already, so she thinks it’s time for him to just “bow out gracefully.”)
After five nominations during their career, Little Big Town won their first Grammy in the same category last year for their hit song “Pontoon.” And all four bandmembers would gladly make room on their trophy shelves for a second Grammy.
When the band was in Chicago, Phillip Sweet told me the Grammy-winning song brought in a lot of new fans.
“There are fans … who think ’Pontoon’ is our debut song,” he said. “They’ve never heard anything but ’Pontoon.’ And that’s kinda cool because then you have new people coming to the show and discovering the old stuff.”
Sweet also said there’s no rhyme or reason to the timing of a band’s success. It can happen overnight, or it can happen during the course of a decade.
“That is what’s good and what’s crazy about the music business,” he said. “You just have to kind of keep your head down, keep working, keep showing up, and all of the sudden, you have a song that fans really love.”
“The songs always dictate what happens,” Karen Fairchild said of the band’s current success and awards after so many years of making records. “When fans connect with a song, it doesn’t matter if it’s your first one or your 25th.”