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Offstage, they are four of the most delightful individuals to call themselves a country act. Onstage, they are talented, dynamic, energetic and captivating. And yes, they may have sung about a “Girl Crush,” but when it comes to Little Big Town, we have a total and complete band crush.

The list of reasons we love Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook seems endless, but we’re paring it down to just five of the biggest reasons we love this award-winning quartet. And boy, that’s a cut that hurts!

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What doesn’t hurt, though, is their uncanny ability to cover any song from any format with a uniquely country-flavored spin and their delicious four-part harmonies. Many fans got to hear Little Big Town cover Alicia Keys’ hit single, “Fallin’,” on the 2016 ABC series “Greatest Hits,” but well before that, the band treated us to cover after amazing cover on their YouTube series, “Scattered, Smothered and Covered.” There, Little Big Town took on monster hits by artists like Alabama, Lady Gaga, the Jackson 5, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Adele.

The videos became so popular that soon the band was including a mash-up medley of covers in their live shows, and YouTube is filled with live footage of those performances. And those clips don’t get old because they’re just so good. Seriously. Check ’em out.

Another thing that doesn’t hurt is that band crush so many of us experienced when Little Big Town released “Girl Crush” to the world in 2014. While crushes often end with someone getting a broken heart, this one just developed into something exponentially bigger.

Maybe it’s because LBT and songwriters Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, challenged us to really listen to the words of the tune. In fact, many listeners incorrectly interpreted the song to be about an intimate relationship between two women. However, really digging into the lyrics reveals that it’s actually about a woman so consumed by desire for a man that she obsesses over the actual target of his passion, wanting her “long blond hair” and her “magic touch, yeah, ’cause maybe then you’d want me just as much.”

Stellar writing and an incredible performance.

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Little Big Town has been kicking around Nashville releasing music for more than 15 years, and not only do they look like they have found the fountain of youth, they really seem to just be hitting their stride professionally. They have become one of country music’s most in-demand concert partners touring this year with artists like Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Midland. And they’ve also become popular collaborators with fellow country stars as well as artists in other formats, including Lionel Richie and John Mellencamp.

In this week’s Rare Country’s 5, Erin has a few more reasons that we are so in love with Little Big Town, but we want to hear your reasons, too. Be sure to share them in the comments section, and also come on back later this week when we share more of the news and fun from in and around country music in Rare Country’s 5.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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