The members of Little Big Town are getting such a huge reaction from everyone about their new single, “Better Man,” which has been the most added song at country radio for three weeks in a row. When they released the song, they didn’t immediately reveal who wrote it, until last week when they announced “Better Man” was written by none other than Taylor Swift. They wanted people to hear the song first, before anything else was attached to it.
“We just played it for her after we finished it, and she was really, really excited,” says LBT’s Karen Fairchild. “We said, ‘Hey, you know we’re not just gonna blab this that you wrote this immediately.’ She said, ‘You know what? That’s the greatest honor as a songwriter you could ever give me is that you don’t want anybody to know that I wrote this.’ We knew we would tell eventually, but and it was a hard question to dodge for a while. The only reason why we didn’t say is because we wanted you to hear the song for what it’s worth, and it’s a beautiful song. And at her heart, she is the biggest pop star in the world, but she’s a songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee, and she likes to tell a story, and we didn’t want you to have any subtext there, other than to hear this song.”
“Better Man” is the first single from the band’s upcoming album, The Breaker, which will be released February 24th. Little Big Town, who just picked up the award for Vocal Group of the Year at last week’s CMA Awards, will also begin their residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium the same day.