Little Big Town visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon yesterday evening, kicking off the episode with a rather messy game of “Stranger Strings” – a spin on the Netflix series Stranger Things, with less Winona Ryder and significantly more silly string – and closing it out with a performance of their new single, “Better Man.”
Friends and bandmates for nearly two decades, the members of Little Big Town still hide their share of secrets, with “Stranger Strings” bringing to light some harmless, classified information.
“Before the show, we all wrote down a few facts about ourselves that no one else knows,” Fallon explained at the beginning of the game, seating around the table with Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet. “Those facts are on these cards. We also have these full cans of silly string. Now, we’re going to take turns reading a card, then we’ll count to three, and everyone spray silly string at the person they think wrote that card. Then we’ll reveal who actually wrote it. It’s like a ‘getting to know you’ game.”
The dirt? Westbrook won a statewide modeling competition as a teen. A speeding Fairchild once outran the cops while her mother was riding shotgun. Fallon played exactly one game of baseball in college, and Schlapman can speak some rudimentary Korean. The highlight, though, was Sweet’s admission – and subsequent demonstration – that he’s capable of “a mean Michael McDonald impression,” even while covered with multi-colored plastic string from neck to forehead.
Sweet wasn’t the only bandmate who sang last night. Together, Little Big Town performed their Taylor Swift-penned single “Better Man” during the episode’s final minutes, backed by a band that included fellow CMA winner John Osborne on lead guitar. A breakup ballad with a harmonized home run of a chorus, the song shone a light on the band’s vocal blend, with Fairchild assuming the role of lead singer during the verses. Watch it below.
Breaker, the band’s full length follow-up to Pain Killer, is due February 24th, which doubles as the first date of the group’s six-show residency at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.