Little Big Town finds reasons to smile

April 4th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

[Update as of 2:47 p.m. Tuesday, April 5] We’ve been told a flight delay will mean the band won’t make it to Fayetteville in time for tonight’s show, further meaning the event will be postponed until a later date. We’ll update you as more information becomes available.

It’s been bumpy road for Little Big Town.

There was jostling between record labels. There was heartbreak on many levels, including the death of one of the band member’s husbands.

The music the country pop group made reflected that, says Phillip Sweet, an Arkansas native (he was born in Pocahontas) and one of Little Big Town’s four vocalists.

But now, with all of them married and raising a family, things have changed for the band. That too is reflect, notably on the band’s most recent album, “The Reason Why.” Sweet, taking a moment before his band recorded a segment for the “Conan” show, chatted with me about the band’s ups and downs and how they approached the new album, which debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 album chart. You can read a story about Sweet and Little Big Town in What’s Up!, if you are a subscriber to our paper or its online products.

Little Big Town performs in Fayetteville tomorrow as part of the Washington Regional Foundation Gala. Tickets to the event, which takes place at the Walton Arts Center, are $45-$75. You can get those tickets from the WAC box office or through its website.