They scored their first country #1 in 2012 with the summer anthem, "Pontoon."
They've now done it again with "Girl Crush," even though the lyrics about one woman's envy of another woman's allure scared some country music stations:
I got a girl crush, hate to admit it, but
I got a heart rush, ain't slowing down
I got it real bad, want everything she has
That smile and the midnight laugh she's giving you now
I wanna taste her lips, yeah, 'cause they taste like you
I wanna drown myself in a bottle of her perfume
I want her long blonde hair, I want her magic touch
Yeah, 'cause maybe then you'd want me just as much
I got a girl crush, I got a girl crush.
Mason asked, "Do you think stations were actually playing it less because of that?"
"Oh, yeah, we know they were," said Fairchild. "They were backing it down in drive times. There were some moms that were complaining about not wanting to hear the 'taste her lips' part as they were going to school, instead of just explaining to their children about jealousy and metaphors."
But when friends like Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert started wearing "Girl Crush" hats in support, the song took off.
"The controversy was a first for us," said Schlapman. "The crossover was a first for us."
"You'll take the controversy, if it gets you the crossover?" asked Mason.
"I don't want anymore, though!"
They're all married now -- Jimi and Karen to each other. And they've been working on new music in Vince Gill's Studio.
You can knock Little Big Town down, but they just keep getting up.
"The fact that you've endured says something -- what does it say?" asked Mason.
"We take care of each other," said Fairchild. "We've had the greatest lows and the greatest highs together. We didn't know how to sing some of those lyrics. And now we do. We are a walking, breathing, living country song."
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