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Little Big Town, ‘Little White Church’ – Story Behind the Lyrics

James Minchin III

The Boot sits down with Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman to talk about their latest hit, ‘Little White Church,’ which the four members of the group co-wrote with their producer, Wayne Kirkpatrick. It’s the first single from their upcoming album, ‘The Reason Why.”

“We all have books that we keep titles in because if a phrase comes to us, we don’t want to forget it. We’re always writing things down,” Kimberly tells The Boot. “In Karen [Fairchild]’s book, she had written the phrase ‘little white church.’ One day, she and I were listening to some old Patty Loveless – the ‘Mountain Soul‘ record. We were talking about the call-and-answer kind of songs from this album. We were in love with the idea and just ran with it … We wrote that song in a few hours. We had so much fun writing it.”

“Little white churches are on almost every corner,” Karen Fairchild tells People Country magazine. “Someone once told me when you’re dating a boy, ‘Don’t wash and fold clothes and cook too much for him, or he’ll fall for all of that and not for you.’ It happens a lot. Us girls just need to make them work a tiny bit harder!”

“It’s so true,” Philip Sweet concurs. “Sometimes you’ve got to make the guy chase you!”

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