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Single Review: Little Big Town – ‘Good Lord Willing’

So yeah, I know J.R. reviewed the video for this song, and it’s been out for a few weeks, but I thought now was a good time to really review the song itself. Why, you ask? Mostly because now that all the Christmas songs are gone, it has returned to the country charts this week, entering at #46, which is one of the highest positions of all the returning songs.

Anyway, for some background, this song is one of three brand new tracks on the band’s re-release of their stellar album A Place To Land. This song seems very similar to Dierks Bentley’s hit “What Was I Thinkin’ “, and indeed it is, plot-wise. It’s an uptempo song about a wild and dangerous night/morning being chased by the police and later on the boyfriend of the narrator’s “date”. The title basically means that they hope they don’t get in any more trouble. Simple enough right?

While the plot of the song is not really novel in anyway, it’s the group’s harmonies that elevate this song, as is usually the case. The song starts with a cool acoustic little intro, then it kicks into high gear, and doesn’t stop. There are two/three part harmonies in the verses, with Jimi Westbrook singing lead, but the chorus is full-on four part harmony. Let me tell you, it rocks. All four of the group sing with all they have, and it ends up as a cool sounding and catchy rocker of a single. It’s even mostly acoustic, like their latest album, which adds to the uniqueness of the band in today’s popular country music. The production is strong, engaging, fun, and remains more country than pop, which is rare in mainstream groups like this.

This song really reminds me of “Boondocks”, with the rotating harmonies, the repetition the hook of the song at the end, and the sheer cool-ness of it all. I of course, being the loyal Little Big Town fan that I am, bought this song along with the other two new tracks the day the album was re-released, and I was surprised by the quality of the three, especially this song (Another standout being “Love Profound”, FYI). It is exactly what they need to elevate them to a new level of popularity that they really deserve, unlike a certain vocal “country” group who will not be mentioned here because I don’t want them poisoning this blog. (Hint: They are apparently Unstoppable.)

Anyway, I want this single to rocket to the top of the charts, and I definitely think it has the potential, I just hope radio feels the same way.

Grade: A

Listen here at last.fm.

Song written by Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, and Wayne Kirkpatrick.

5 responses to “Single Review: Little Big Town – ‘Good Lord Willing’

  1. Andrew January 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    The first time I heard this song was when I saw them live last summer. It was one of my favorites from them right from the start. It’s also great to have playing when I’m driving down the interstate. I really hope this does well in the charts.

  2. LOCRecords January 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Andrew, looks like you’re right on the money with the similarities between the new LBT songs and “What Was I Thinking.” One big thing they have in common is they both used Randy Kohrs to play the mood-setting slide resonator guitar. You may have seen Kohrs with them on their recent performance on Conan O’Brien, too, as a featured special guest. He’s got a rising artist career of his own, in addition to being one of Nashville’s biggest musicians, and is even featured in the latest issue of Country Weekly Magazine!

  3. J.R. Journey January 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    For the record: The My Kind of Country blog is also featured in the Jan. 26 issue of CW!

  4. kb February 4, 2009 at 7:41 am

    I hope “Good Lord Willing” puts LBT back in the Nashville spotlight where they so deservingly belong!
    Their talent far exceeds the ‘blond bimbos’ that dominate CMT and Nashville (Taylor Swift, Jessica Simpson, Jewel, the list goes on and on) C’mon Nashville, open up your ears and LISTEN to the talent that is Little Big Town!!!

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