Luminous vocal harmonies and smart, precision-crafted songwriting combine to make Little Big Town’s Tornado a standout country-rock effort. Producer Jay Joyce veers from the typical mainstream Nashville formulas by turning up the reverb and adding grit to the mix. “Pavement Ends” and “Front Porch Thing” capture group’s Southern twang ‘n’ stomp side, while “Leavin’ in Your Eyes” glides with the silken flow of classic L.A. folk-rock.
Formed: 1998 in Nashville, TN
Years Active: ’90s, ’00s, ’10s
Country vocal quartet Little Big Town began with Kimberly Roads and Karen Fairchild, two Georgia natives who began singing together in college. Arkansas-born and Alabama-raised Jimi Westbrook, a friend of Fairchild’s husband, joined them to make a trio, and the group was completed by the addition of Arkansan Phil Sweet in 1998. From the…