Little Big Town announces Ryman residency, new album

From the stage of Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium, Little Big Town, along with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Ryman Auditorium General Manager Sally Williams, announced November 1st their upcoming “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” residency. The first ever Ryman residency, slated for six nights in 2017, will kick-off on February 24th during Country Radio Seminar week. The date will coincide with the release of the Grammy-winning band’s seventh studio album entitled, The Breaker, available February 24th. Additional dates scheduled for the residency are February 25th, May 19th and 20th and September 15th and 16th.

The opener for the February 24th show will be Brent Cobb and February 25th will be Ashley Monroe. Tickets and special two-day packages for all shows will go on sale Friday, November 4th at 10 am via Ticketmaster and and will be available online only. Tickets for the concerts will be $90.50, $60.50 and $50.50. Each ticket purchased to see Little Big Town at the Ryman includes one physical album of The Breaker. CID Entertainment is also offering exclusive VIP packages that include seating within the first five rows, meet and greet opportunities, Q&A session, exclusive merchandising and more.

“Little Big Town at the Mother Church” will see the Grand Ole Opry members return to the historic Ryman, where they first graced the storied stage in 2005. Each of the six shows will feature different support acts and surprise special guests. Known for their progressive partnerships, expect the unexpected from these upcoming shows. With no other headlining tour currently scheduled, “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” will account for a large portion of the foursome’s touring plans in North America in 2017. These limited live dates are not to be missed.

“As musicians, there is no better feeling in the world than playing on the stage at the Ryman,” said Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook. “To be given the opportunity to headline their first residency means so much to us as a band and we promise to make each night as memorable for the fans as possible.”

“To launch our 125th-anniversary celebration we wanted to do something new – a Ryman residency,” said Williams. “Little Big Town consistently bring to the table fresh, exciting creations.

‘Little Big Town at the Mother Church’ will be no exception. We’re honored to celebrate this major milestone with them and to cement their place in Ryman history moving forward.”

In addition to the residency, Little Big Town announced the release of their seventh studio album, The Breaker (Capitol Records Nashville), available in stores February 24th. The album, produced by Jay Joyce, features lead single, “Better Man,” written by Taylor Swift, and is currently climbing the charts at radio. The video for “Better Man,” directed by Becky Fluke and Reid Long, is available now.

The Breaker is about letting go of things that break you, it’s about the new ground you try and break as a human being and as a musician. Sometimes you’re the one that’s broken and sometimes you’re the breaker,” said Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild. “It’s a sentimental record because we’re feeling super grateful for our friends and family and the chance to share the next chapter.”

The press conference also set the theme for the Ryman’s 125th celebration next year: Inspired. The building that has inspired so many will honor a storied past next year with various events and programs to be announced shortly.


Buddy Iahn
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