Little Big Town is sticking up for female country artists.
During an exclusive sit-down interview with ET Canada’s Graeme O’Neil, the country quartet – Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet – share their thoughts after a Michigan radio announced on Twitter that they cannot play back-to-back songs by a female artist, even if the female is in a group with males.
Sitting inside New York City’s famed Apollo Theatre, Fairchild says the tweet was no surprise given the current state of radio play for female artists, telling O’Neil, “I was not shocked by that, but I was shocked that somebody had the nerve to say it out loud.”
“It should be healthier,” adds Sweet. “We should have a great balance of male and female. Because you know, everyone has great stories to tell. And there’s so much great music being made by females that we’re not hearing.”
Growing up listening to artists like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride and Faith Hill, Fairchild says “they gave us anthems for our lives” and it’s very narrow-minded to not let younger females be heard on the radio.
The Grammy Award-winning group also opens up about their ninth studio album Nightfall, which hit shelves and streaming services Jan. 17.
Sticking with the theme of empowering women, Fairchild says they want to stand up for the next generation of girls with their Grammy-nominated song “The Daughters”.
“We just want the younger girls who are coming up to know that we’re fighting for them and we see them,” she says. “We’re going to champion them.”
After working for years with producer Jay Joyce, the group found themselves self-producing their latest project, which they admit is their biggest accomplishment to date.
Little Big Town kicked off their headlining tour Thursday at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, continuing through May.
Watch the full interview with the band below.