Little Big Town’s Pain Killer Tour Is a Slam Dunk

Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne Join Quartet for Music and Hoops

Want to hang with Little Big Town on the road? You might want to think about working on your jump shot.

The CMA’s reigning vocal group of the year kicked off their Pain Killer tour last weekend in Ohio. And although being on the road is a ton of hard work, the band members do know how to relax and relieve some of that stress when necessary. They do it by hitting the basketball court.

It’s a great workout, tons of fun and maybe a way to further bond with their opening acts Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne. Let’s face it: Having some additional height on your team won’t hurt your chances at winning a basketball game.

“The good thing is we like to all play … so we’ll stay in shape, too,” the group’s Phillip Sweet says.

Of course, Eldredge and Brothers Osborne’s enthusiasm and enviable heights weren’t the only reasons they were asked to open shows on the tour. In fact, LBT’s Jimi Westbrook says having Eldredge on the lineup was a no-brainer.

“We did some shows with him and Keith (Urban) a few months ago, and he’s got great charisma onstage,” Westbrook says of Eldredge. “He’s a great entertainer, so we’re excited about that.”

Eldredge also strikes me to be the type of guy who could sink a shot from half-court. But that’s just me.

Little Big Town are also fans of John and T.J. Osborne, known as the Brothers Osborne, who join Eldredge as special guests for the show.

“We heard them play with just an acoustic guitar and were just blown away,” Westbrook’s wife and bandmate Karen Fairchild said. She also described them as “the real deal — super-talented guys.”

Brothers Osborne are also loads of fun to be around, too, take it from me.

Between the level of talent gracing the stage night after night and the basketball games during downtime, Little Big Town’s Pain Killer tour is one you don’t want to miss. They’ll be performing Thursday (Nov. 13) in Roanoke, Virginia, followed by shows Friday in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Saturday in Atlanta.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.