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Little Big Town's 'The Road To Here' | For The Record
Little Big Town's second album, The Road To Here, followed the band's solid, yet commercially lackluster, 2002 self-titled album with a bang. Their sophomore effort produced hits like "Boondocks" and "Bring It On Home," and earned the group their first two GRAMMY nominations, firmly announcing their arrival — to stay — in the top tier of modern pop country bands.
Released Oct. 4, 2005, The Road To Here came out of a collaboration between the Alabama-born band and producer/songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, who had become well known as a songwriter and musician for his work in contemporary Christian, country and pop genres. Kirkpatrick had scored a huge hit when Eric Clapton cut a song he co-wrote called "Change The World" in 1996.
"Change The World" won Kirkpatrick the GRAMMY for Song Of The Year at the 39th GRAMMY Awards, but he had not done much producing at that point in his career before signing on to work with Little Big Town.
The partnership was a fit, and The Road To Here included a lineup of hits that broke Little Big Town into country music's mainstream. The biggest record on the album was "Boondocks," which landed the band their first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
"Boondocks" also went on to earn Little Big Town a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for the 49th GRAMMY Awards. The Road To Here also received a nod for Best Country Album that year.
Six years later, Little Big Town would earn their first GRAMMY win, taking home the trophy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Pontoon" at the 55th GRAMMY Awards, but it was their nominations for The Road To Here that catapulted the band into the public eye.
The Road To Here went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA, and Little Big Town have now won three career GRAMMY Awards. Their unique sound and four-pronged harmonic blend sets them apart as one of country music's most dynamic performing acts.