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Little Big Town Toasts Platinum Album, "Tornado," at the Place Where It All Began

Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Little Big Town launched their latest album, Tornado , with a concert at Nashville's Schermerhorn [pr: Skermer Horn] Symphony Center this time last year. So, it was only fitting they return to that venue to celebrate that album's platinum sales on Tuesday night. LBT's Phillip Sweet says the experience of making this album on their own terms makes the platinum certification really gratifying.

"We stretched ourselves and went outside of our comfort zone," Phillip says, "and to see it, it was successful and people resonated with it. And that's the greatest reward ever."

Band mate Kimberly Schlapman looks back on the band's resolve to make Tornado a success before it hit stores last September.

She remembers thinking, "We have done something we so wholeheartedly believe in, and we hope everybody else comes along."

The success of Tornado led Little Big Town to accept an offer to host Monday night's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special on ABC. The show brought in very strong ratings for the network, and the band members were among the viewers watching it for the first time Monday night.

The group's Jimi Westbrook says, "We hadn't seen it, actually. We'd just had seen some small, small clips, so we didn't know what to expect either. But it was fun."

Jimi's wife and band mate Karen Fairchild describes watching the show unfold with the rest of America as "nerve wracking."

"I was pacing," Karen says. "Like, I found myself pacing from the kitchen to the living room, kitchen to the living room."

Little Big Town gets back to their comfort zone onstage Thursday night with a show in Austin, TX.

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