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Watch as Little Big Town’s tribute to Glen Campbell hushes a crowd Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS

It’s not easy to hush a Chicago crowd on a Friday night, but that’s exactly what Little Big Town did on Feb. 16 when they essentially hypnotized an arena of country music fans with a musical tribute to the legendary Glen Campbell.

It happened on the band’s “Breakers Tour” as they played an acoustic set in the round towards the back of the arena.

“This ain’t the cheap seats anymore,” LBT’s Karen Fairchild told the crowd before delicately playing songs such as “Bring It On Home,” “Your Side of the Bed” and a haunting tribute to Prince with their rendition of “When Doves Cry.”

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But then, the four-piece band made up of Karen, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook indicated they were just getting started.

“We have had the honor this year to pay tribute to a lot of our heroes,” Jimi told the crowd. “At the same time, we have lost a lot of our heroes and icons. People like Prince and Don Williams … there have been so many people this [past] year that we have lost. We had a chance to pay tribute to one of our heroes for sure with a little song we got to do at the CMA Awards. We thought we would do that one for you guys.”

From there, the group, lit in just a faded gold light, began the breathtaking harmonies of Glen’s classic “Wichita Lineman,” pausing for just a moment as a sole guitarist played the interlude from the main stage.

And yes, the Chicago audience was mesmerized.

We know because Rare Country was there.

It may have even been more beautiful than the rendition they did on the CMA Awards last November. There was just something about having thousands of people watching and being mesmerized all at the same time. Or maybe there was just something beautiful about it considering all of the horrible things that the Windy City and the country had gone through during the week before, including the loss of a local police officer. Or maybe it was that there is no one in country music today who can harmonize quite like Little Big Town can.

Whatever it was, it was magical.

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Perhaps even the members of Little Big Town were touched by the moment and by the concert as a whole, as the group shared its appreciation on its socials following the show. “Chicago. Beautiful city, beautiful people. Thanks for spending your Friday night with us,” they wrote.

“Chicago, you were so damn good,” the band said in another Instagram post. “Thank you.”

No, actually thank you.

Y’all were amazing.

Little Big Town goes back on the road Feb. 22 in Pennsylvania, and come summer will be out on the road with another country powerhouse by the name of Miranda Lambert.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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