In a different era, Little Big Town would be an out-and-out superstar act.
The mellifluous blend of four voices — Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook — is like little else in mainstream country at the moment.
Those four-part harmonies, embedded in slick, stylish songs, cut right through the polish and posturing of so much else in the marketplace, evoking the folk and rock music of the ‘70s, by way of countrypolitan pop.
As it is, the Alabama quartet (fleshed out to a septet live) has to settle for merely being very, very popular — so much so that the group, riding high on their hit single Girl Crush, is able to sell out the House of Blues in short order, all to benefit Cook Children’s Hospital.
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96.3 FM KSCS orchestrated Sunday night’s benefit, with all proceeds from ticket sales going directly to Cook Children’s. (“Thank you for being here for Cook,” Schlapman said. “Thank you for helping those babies and those families.”)
The eager fans benefited too, getting a rare chance to see a club show from an act more commonly found in theatres and arenas these days (the band’s Pain Killer tour stopped over at Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theatre last November).
The hour-long set doled out plenty of favorites (Sober; Pontoon) and pulled from Pain Killer — Day Drinking is another hit off the record that was greeted with roars Sunday — and as expected, Girl Crush caused a frenzy of phones to be held aloft to capture every moment.
The staging of that particular track was not unlike what Little Big Town employed on the Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium a few weeks back, and the effect was no less powerful.
Arlington native and rising country star Mickey Guyton warmed up the crowd with a half-hour opening set, which was capped with her current single, Better Than You Left Me. Her appealing stage presence and up-tempo, pop-dusted tunes suggested it might not be terribly long before she’s headlining rooms like House of Blues on her own.
Preston Jones, 817-390-7713