Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook Discusses Band’s Involvement in Super Bowl Fundraiser

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will be part of the Super Bowl festivities this weekend. They're set to perform Saturday at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose in Scottsdale, Arizona, an event involving top chefs and NFL players to raise money in support of food banks.

Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook explains in a new interview with ESPN.com how his band got involved: "We had gotten a call from our manager telling us about this amazing function where all of these chefs were coming in to do a tasting, and they invited us to come play while this is happening....To be able to be there with these amazing chefs is an exciting opportunity."

He adds, "You always think of hunger issues being in other places and other smaller countries, but to know there is so much hunger still going on within our own country, and to know that even with child hunger that one in five children in America are suffering from hunger -- that's an astounding thing to know. Anything we can do to help with that, we try to lend our talents."

The day after the event, the Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Westbrook analyzes both teams for ESPN.com, concluding that Seattle will win. He says of the defending champs, "That defense is super-intense....I think it's gonna be close but I think the Seahawks are going to edge 'em out at the end."

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Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook Discusses Band’s Involvement in Super Bowl Fundraiser

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will be part of the Super Bowl festivities this weekend. They're set to perform Saturday at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose in Scottsdale, Arizona, an event involving top chefs and NFL players to raise money in support of food banks.

Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook explains in a new interview with ESPN.com how his band got involved: "We had gotten a call from our manager telling us about this amazing function where all of these chefs were coming in to do a tasting, and they invited us to come play while this is happening....To be able to be there with these amazing chefs is an exciting opportunity."

He adds, "You always think of hunger issues being in other places and other smaller countries, but to know there is so much hunger still going on within our own country, and to know that even with child hunger that one in five children in America are suffering from hunger -- that's an astounding thing to know. Anything we can do to help with that, we try to lend our talents."

The day after the event, the Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Westbrook analyzes both teams for ESPN.com, concluding that Seattle will win. He says of the defending champs, "That defense is super-intense....I think it's gonna be close but I think the Seahawks are going to edge 'em out at the end."

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Cadillac Three will launch their Aviators and Radiators tour Friday in Tampa, FL.

The Band Perry has been added to the performers lineup for the upcoming CBS special, Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute, airing February 16. The show tapes February 10 in Los Angeles.

Randy Houser's #1 hit, "How Country Feels," has sold three million copies.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Cadillac Three will launch their Aviators and Radiators tour Friday in Tampa, FL.

The Band Perry has been added to the performers lineup for the upcoming CBS special, Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute, airing February 16. The show tapes February 10 in Los Angeles.

Randy Houser's #1 hit, "How Country Feels," has sold three million copies.

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Sam Hunt Paying Tribute to the Ladies of ’90s Country on Lipstick Graffiti Tour, Launching Tonight

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleMost male country acts only cover songs made popular by other male artists. There's no doubt you've heard a guy in a cowboy hat take on Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" or a random Tom Petty hit at a country show in recent years, but Sam Hunt is always looking to break away from the pack. That's why he's covering songs from '90s female country stars like Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna on his new Lipstick Graffiti tour.

Sam tells ABC News Radio, "Covers are tricky, but we've been sort of working up a little thing where we're gonna do some cool songs that I grew up listening to. Maybe it's sort of a nod to a lot of the female country singers of the era."

While some songs Sam is covering, like Wynonna's "No One Else on Earth," could be sung by a guy or a girl, a few other selections are definitely written from a woman's point of view. Sam isn't overly concerned about getting the pronouns all worked out, though.

"At times, I think, as we cover those songs, I'll change a few lyrics," Sam explains, "but sometimes, like the song that we're gonna do, 'Fancy' by Reba McEntire, there's no real way to get around that, so I'm just gonna sing that one. It's such a great song that hopefully it won't matter."

As for the title of his tour, Lipstick Graffiti, Sam lifted that phrase from the lyrics of one of his unreleased songs, "Vandalizer."

He says, "The very first line of the song is 'Lipstick graffiti on the bathroom mirror/What happened to me ain't real clear.'"

Sam found those old song lyrics while searching for an intriguing name for his club tour. Something about the combination of those two words captured the vibe Sam hopes to create at his shows.

"When you look at a word or read a word off a piece of paper, they have emotions attached to them," Sam adds. "The words 'lipstick' and the word 'graffiti' have these two different emotions that somehow blended in a cool way."

Sam's Lipstick Graffiti tour launches Thursday night with a sold-out show at The Troubador in Hollywood, CA.

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Sam Hunt Paying Tribute to the Ladies of ’90s Country on Lipstick Graffiti Tour, Launching Tonight

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleMost male country acts only cover songs made popular by other male artists. There's no doubt you've heard a guy in a cowboy hat take on Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" or a random Tom Petty hit at a country show in recent years, but Sam Hunt is always looking to break away from the pack. That's why he's covering songs from '90s female country stars like Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna on his new Lipstick Graffiti tour.

Sam tells ABC News Radio, "Covers are tricky, but we've been sort of working up a little thing where we're gonna do some cool songs that I grew up listening to. Maybe it's sort of a nod to a lot of the female country singers of the era."

While some songs Sam is covering, like Wynonna's "No One Else on Earth," could be sung by a guy or a girl, a few other selections are definitely written from a woman's point of view. Sam isn't overly concerned about getting the pronouns all worked out, though.

"At times, I think, as we cover those songs, I'll change a few lyrics," Sam explains, "but sometimes, like the song that we're gonna do, 'Fancy' by Reba McEntire, there's no real way to get around that, so I'm just gonna sing that one. It's such a great song that hopefully it won't matter."

As for the title of his tour, Lipstick Graffiti, Sam lifted that phrase from the lyrics of one of his unreleased songs, "Vandalizer."

He says, "The very first line of the song is 'Lipstick graffiti on the bathroom mirror/What happened to me ain't real clear.'"

Sam found those old song lyrics while searching for an intriguing name for his club tour. Something about the combination of those two words captured the vibe Sam hopes to create at his shows.

"When you look at a word or read a word off a piece of paper, they have emotions attached to them," Sam adds. "The words 'lipstick' and the word 'graffiti' have these two different emotions that somehow blended in a cool way."

Sam's Lipstick Graffiti tour launches Thursday night with a sold-out show at The Troubador in Hollywood, CA.

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