Little Big Town @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

(Courtesy from Little Big Town)

In my junior year of high school — which, for the record, was more than a decade ago — I started branching out and listening to genres beyond the confines of R&B and hip-hop. Granted, most of it fell in the late ’60s/early ’70s folk-rock category — like Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, and Janis Joplin — but there were also some classical, some French, and some Indian jams in there as well. And, thanks to my discovery of Little Big Town’s 2005 hit, “Boondocks,” a little bit of country, too. An upbeat and humorous song, “Boondocks” is a paean to a certain kind of rural Southern lifestyle, one that involves houses with tin roofs, “fishing in the crawfish hole,” “five-card poker on Saturday night,” and, of course, “church on Sunday morning.” But though getting a glimpse into the unknown is one redeeming quality of the song, so, too, are its vocals. Little Big Town lacks a lead singer, and instead, each member of the four-person band, which is split evenly between males and females, trades off lead and harmony vocals throughout their tracks. Following the release of Wanderlust, the band’s seventh album, Little Big Town has hit the road for a 20-date tour, so if you’re dying to sing along to “Boondocks” with hundreds of other people, now’s your chance.

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