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Little Big Town Taking Kids on ‘Incredible’ Ride

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Little Big Town, currently on the road as part of Sugarland‘s Incredible Machine tour, travel with quite the entourage. The band of four have two toddlers and an infant in tow — and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“They all think that the bus is theirs,” the group’s Karen Fairchild tells Charleston, W.Va. TV station WCHS (quote via CMTT). “They think that they’re on tour with Sugarland right now.”

Karen, along with her husband and fellow band member Jimi Westbrook, welcomed baby Elijah Dylan in March of this year. He is the youngest of the three children among the group’s members, including Kimberly Schlapman’s three-year-old daughter, Daisy Pearl, and Philip Sweet’s daughter, Penelopi Jane, who will be three in December.

Early in their tour, Karen recalls, Little Big Town’s manager was in the office with Sugarland’s production team, when baby cries could be heard from down the hall. LBT’s tour manager quipped, “Well, Little Big Town’s here, y’all,” which Karen says Sugarland’s crew found amusing. Karen acknowledges, however, that “it might not be cute in 30 shows.”

Chances are the two platinum-selling acts have enough history together that they can easily adjust to the addition of children on the road. Little Big Town opened for Sugarland in 2007, which resulted in their collaboration on the Grammy-nominated hit, ‘Life In a Northern Town’ (which also featured Jake Owen).

“It’s going to be great being out with them again and rekindle the friendships,” Kimberly Schlapman told The Boot. “We don’t get to see them that often because we’re touring in so many different ways. We’re excited about it, and maybe doing a little something together again will be fun.”

Little Big Town’s latest hit, ‘Little White Church,’ is currently in the top 15 and climbing. Their album, ‘The Reason Why’ will be in stores on Tuesday, August 24. Upcoming tour dates can be found here.

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