Little Big Town At The Mother Church

Little Big Town is helping Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium celebrate its 125th year by playing the iconic venue’s first-ever residency. The country quartet will be joined by different support acts and special surprise guests each night.

The Ryman Auditorium is best known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Before that it was known as the Union Gospel Tabernacle from 1892-1904. In 2001 it was designated a National Historic Landmark, 30 years after being included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Little Big Town first played the Ryman in 2005. The band returned to the stage Tuesday, along with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and Ryman General Manager Sally Williams, to announce the “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” residency.

The six-night residency begins Feb. 24 during Country Radio Seminar week. Little Big Town also revealed Tuesday that the first night of the residency corresponds to the release date of the band’s seventh studio album, The Breaker.  

The remaining residency dates are scheduled Feb. 25, May 19-20 and Sept. 15-16. The Feb. 24 show features opener Brent Cobb and Feb. 25 boasts support from Ashley Monroe.

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“As musicians, there is no better feeling in the world than playing on the stage at the Ryman,” Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook said. “To be given the opportunity to headline their first residency means so much to us as a band and we promise to make each night as memorable for the fans as possible.”

Tickets and two-day packages go on sale Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. VIP experiences will be available via CID Entertainment.

Each ticket for the residency comes with a physical copy of The Breaker. The album features lead single “Better Man,” which was written by Taylor Swift.

“The Breaker is about letting go of things that break you, it’s about the new ground you try and break as a human being and as a musician. Sometimes you’re the one that’s broken and sometimes you’re the breaker,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild said. “It’s a sentimental record because we’re feeling super grateful for our friends and family and the chance to share the next chapter.”

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