The Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town is making history this week as the first band to hold a residency at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium, but the road to their success was anything but easy.
In an interview with NBC-TV’s Sunday Today, LBT shared their twenty-year journey, which started when Karen Fairchild met Kimberly Schlapman on a bus to choir camp, and the early days of the band, which found the individual members parking cars, working at liquor stores, even telemarketing, in order to make ends meet.
Things turned around in 2005 with their hit song “Boondocks.” And how did the band know they’d found success?
“We knew we’d made it when Phillip [Sweet] bought a car,” recalls Karen with a laugh. “We had to take turns picking him up all the time. When he finally bought a car, we were like, ‘Whooo!'”
Watch the entire segment here.