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Little Big Town to Capitol

Three years ago, Little Big Town shook up country music's conservative formulas with stunning harmony arrangements and a musical breadth incorporating funk rhythms and a classic-rock influence that sounded inventive instead of clumsy. Surprisingly, country radio went against type and embraced something new, giving the vocal group two Top 10 singles, even though they recorded for an indie label. Little Big Town responded by taking more risks, only this time their small label didn't bring it home. So Capitol Records, which has shown its own willingness to gamble, sees a good bet and persuades the group to join the majors. Put good money on this quartet regaining their momentum, creatively and commercially. —MICHAEL McCALL

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