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Little Big Town Unwind With Target, Ghosts + Turnip Greens

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The four members of Little Big Town spend a lot of time together on the road, touring and making visits to radio stations. And as much as he loves his bandmates, the group’s Jimi Westbrook admits that all that time closed up together on a tour bus can get on one’s nerves after a while. Luckily, they have found ways to combat cabin fever.

“I golf,” Jimi tells Country Aircheck. “A lot of times you’re in these buildings all day long, and it’s nice to unwind outdoors. The girls go to Target. We should own stock there. We were out for three weeks straight over the summer, and we have a lot of people on our bus with all our babies, so it can get stressful. At one stop the girls rented a car and spent four hours at Target.”

As for Jimi’s own shopping habits, with all the flying they’ve had to do, he’s become a fan of Skymall, the airline catalog. He’s also found a cheap way to channel his inner ghostbuster.

“The last thing I ordered was a projector that projected snowflakes and reindeer on your house.” says the singer. “It didn’t work. I couldn’t get the images big enough. And I bought this app called Ghost Radar. It works using electromagnetic energy through your phone’s compass. If it picks up any spirits, they speak to you by manipulating the app. It was so cheap for such great thrills.”

When she’s not tearing through Target on the road, LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman can be found in the kitchen at home whipping up goodies for her family. And every New Year’s Day she has to eat black eyed peas and turnip greens for good luck. But one year, her attempt to cook the traditional dish didn’t turn out so well.

“The peas represent money in the form of coins. The greens represent money in the form of dollars,” Kimberly tells theafternoonoff.com. “The superstition is if you eat them, you’ll do well financially all year, and if you don’t you’ll have a bad year financially. So my first New Year’s married [to my late husband], I attempted to make this traditional meal. The peas were pretty good. The greens, however, were a much different story. I accidentally bought kale greens instead of turnip greens. I put them carefully in a pot of water and ham hock — which I had seen my grandmother do every year — and cooked them for hours. They might have worked out OK but what I didn’t know then is that you have to wash greens multiple times before cooking them. I didn’t. And it was like we were having a picnic on a windy beach. The sandy grit was unbearable!”

Before the holidays this past year, Little Big Town embarked on a tour sponsored by Country Financial. which raised funds for the Drive 4 the Music Campaign, which helps provide music lessons to underprivileged children across the country. The quartet will likely enter the studio in 2012 to begin recording the followup to their acclaimed album ‘The Reason Why.’

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