It’s shaping up to be a busy week for the Grand Ole Opry’s newest members.
Today, Little Big Town release Pain Killer, the follow-up to the country co-eds’ career-boosting Tornado. Largely written by the bandmates themselves, the album casts a wide net, with vocal arrangements that reference everything from Manhattan Transfer to Fleetwood Mac and a tracklist that bounces between mid-century doo-wop, Eagles-worthy country-rock and modern drinking songs cut from the same cloth as “Pontoon.” To promote its release, members Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook are hitting the TV circuit hard, starting with a two-episode run as Blake Shelton’s guests on The Voice — the second of which airs tonight — and a Good Morning America performance that wrapped up earlier this morning. Later this week, they’ll make an appearance on The View, with a late-night performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon scheduled for Thursday, October 30.
Perhaps the biggest TV appearance, though, is Little Big Town’s upcoming performance at Game 3 of the World Series, where they’ll perform the national anthem. The game is scheduled for Friday, October 23, with Little Big Town taking the field shortly after Fox’s 8 p.m. (ET) broadcast begins. Meanwhile, fellow country hit maker Trisha Yearwood is taking her own stab at the national anthem during tonight’s series-opening game, with American Idol‘s Phillip Phillips lined up for Game 2 and Carlos Santana scheduled for Game 4.
Yearwood has a new album on-deck, as well. She’ll release her first record in seven years, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, on November 17th, during the middle of a sold-out, record-breaking world tour with her husband, Garth Brooks. “It’s been 23 years since [my] first single and I’m just not ready to stop swinging the bat,” she told a Nashville audience during her album announcement party (also foreshadowing her World Series appearance, perhaps?).
Fresh from a six-show run at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, Yearwood will follow tonight’s Kansas City detour with a Nashville stop in November for the CMA Awards. She’s not only presenting an award during the November 5th show, but also presenting on the fake show — the TV drama Nashville‘s CMA Awards storyline, that is — during the ABC program’s November 19th episode.