With band members Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Phillip Sweet all dressed in matching tuxedos, the performance of the song took on an air of symphonic sophistication. Helping that was the minimalistic, dramatic arrangement — a sparse combination of acoustic guitars, cello, piano, and the group’s layered harmonies.
That stylistic choice put even greater focus on the song’s important and timely lyrics, dealing directly with the many conflicting and contradictory messages foisted upon women from the time they’re little children. “I’ve heard of God the son and God the father/I’m just looking for a god for the daughters,” Little Big Town sing in the harmonized chorus. This rendition fades out on Fairchild’s pleas on behalf of all daughters, repeated and sung like a mantra.
“The Daughters” is the first release from Little Big Town’s upcoming ninth studio album, the follow-up to 2017’s The Breaker. After hosting the CMT Music Awards in June, the quartet is hitting the fair and festival circuit this summer and is set to play CountryFest in Cadott, Wisconsin on June 27th.