Little Big Town Welcome Famous Friends to the Ryman

Sold-Out Concerts Host Tori Kelly, Alison Krauss, Luke Bryan and Lee Ann Womack

Album cycles for most Grammy-winning acts usually involve taking their music on the road on a national tour.

Little Big Town are doing the opposite for newest album The Breaker, forcing the party to come to them.

Their 2017 residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium continued this weekend (May 19 and 20) with two sold-out shows that featured surprise guests Tori Kelly, Alison Krauss, Luke Bryan and Lee Ann Womack.

On Friday (May 19), the band sang “Ghost in This House” with Krauss and “Should’ve Been Us” and “Hallelujah” with Kelly. A performance by Caitlyn Smith kicked off the night.

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 19:  Little Big Town At The Mother Church - Surprise guest Tori Kelly (center) joins Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet on stage at the Ryman Auditorium on May 19, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Little Big Town is performing as part of a residency to celebrate the Ryman's 125th Anniversary.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 19:  Little Big Town At The Mother Church - Surprise guest Alison Krauss (center) joins Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet on stage at the Ryman Auditorium on May 19, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Little Big Town is performing as part of a residency to celebrate the Ryman's 125th Anniversary.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images

On Saturday (May 20), Bryan and Womack were each welcomed onstage for “Drink a Beer” and “Bees,” respectively. The Little Big Kids – Elijah Dylan Westbrook (7), Penelopi Jane Sweet (9) and Daisy Schlapman (9) – also crashed Saturday’s concert. The show was preceded by the Brummies, a new band fronted by John & Jacob’s John Davidson and Jacob Bryant, in their Ryman performance debut.

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 20:  Little Big Town At The Mother Church - Special Guest Luke Bryan (center) joins  Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet on stage at the Ryman Auditorium on May 20, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Little Big Town is performing as part of a residency to celebrate the Ryman's 125th Anniversary.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 20:  Little Big Town At The Mother Church - Special Guest Lee Ann Womack (center) joins  Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet on stage at the Ryman Auditorium on May 20, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Little Big Town is performing as part of a residency to celebrate the Ryman's 125th Anniversary.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images) Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Little Big Town’s summer schedule includes 14 festival appearances including a performance at Chicago’s LakeShake Festival on June 24. A seven-city U.K. tour starts Sept. 27 in Glasgow.

Their next shows at the Ryman are July 28, 29 and 30.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.