Little Big Town Explain Why They Recorded ‘When Someone Stops Loving You’
Little Big Town have earned plenty of radio hits, including their recent singles "Girl Crush" and "Better Man," which both featured Karen Fairchild on lead vocals. But all four of the band's members -- Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Fairchild's husband Jimi Westbrook -- are talented singers, so when the opportunity arose for a male singer (in this case, Wesbrook) to take the lead on their latest single, "When Someone Stops Loving You," no one was more excited than his adoring wife.
"We love the song," Fairchild admitted to The Boot and other reporters at a recent media event. "It was [recorded] probably towards the last third of the record that we made with Jay Joyce. We do like a good 6/8 country ballad. It’s nice to hear Jimi step out there, and it’s such a beautiful lyric."
"When Someone Stops Loving You," written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Chase McGill, includes lines such as "When someone stops loving you/ It don't make the evening news / It don't keep the sun from rising, the clock from winding, your heart from beating / Even when you want it to / When someone stops loving you." It was those flowing lines, as much as the melody, that compelled Little Big Town to include the song on their latest album, The Breaker.
"I love the kind of everydayman’s poetry that’s in that song," Fairchild explains. "It’s like, we’ve all felt that, and I love that it says, ‘It don’t make the evening news.’ I think when we heard the demo of them singing it when they wrote it, they were like, 'Everybody else’s life goes on, and you’re back there in pain.' This song says that really well."
"When Someone Stops Loving You" is available for download on iTunes.
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