Little Big Town will release their new album, Pain Killer, on October 21. The project will include 13 new tracks, eight of which were co-written by the four members of the band.
“We knew the record was going to be called Pain Killer way on into the process because we love that song,” Karen Fairchild told Rolling Stone Country. “That song is really kind of tongue-in-cheek — ‘be the person that numbs my pain.’ We started talking about tying that thread through the whole record, to ease your pain. Don’t we want the whole record to do that for people, anyway? Whether it’s a sad moment, or a song that’s more thoughtful and has a lot more substance in the lyric, we want music to take us away. Pain Killer fits, that’s the common thread through all the songs.”
Produced by Jay Joyce, the album features their latest single, “Day Drinking.” One track on the album, “Save Your Sin,” features Kimberly Schlapman on lead vocals. Jimi Westbrook believes people will be surprised when they hear it.
“You’ve never heard Kimberly sing like this before,” he said. “First of all, the girl can sing to the rafters; it’s unbelievable. She’s putting some growl and gravel on it in that upper range.”
“That’s probably one of the most rocking things that we’ve ever done as a band,” Fairchild added. “Pure tone, good Georgia singing — it’s a good combination. It’s that sweet and that sass all together.”
Little Big Town is spending the summer on tour.