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Little Big Town‘s new album, Pain Killer, is now in stores featuring their funky hit, “Day Drinking.” While there are a few tender moments on the album, Little Big Town didn’t play it safe when it came to turning up their guitars and rocking out in the studio.

LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman tells ABC News Radio, “It felt good, and it felt sassy. The whole record felt sassy.”

The band members and their producer, Jay Joyce, didn’t set any boundaries on how they wanted the album to sound, so there was a sense of freedom during the recording process. Band member Jimi Westbrook says there was a rebellious spirit in the studio, though they weren’t rebelling against anything in particular.

Describing their approach in the studio, Jimi says, “Let’s not put boundaries, and let’s just make some music and not be afraid to take it to a different place and to push it and go further and see what happens.”

Some of Little Big Town’s musical experiments got a little bizarre, but the group’s Karen Fairchild explains those detours were essential to finding the right sounds for the album.

Karen says, “It’s fun to be in there and expressing ourselves. And yeah, sometimes we take it too far in the studio, and the moments that go too far, you don’t hear.”

That creative approach led to the distinct whistling and marching band sounds on “Day Drinking,” which is an indication of how much fun LBT still have creating music together.

“There are moments that are full of tension,” Jimi admits, “and you’re trying to figure out things, and you’ve got a lot of people in the room that care, and have different opinions, so it can be tension, but I love that part of it. And that is fun to me.”

It looks like all that hard work paid off for Little Big Town according to some of their famous friends who got an advance listen to Pain Killer. Martina McBride called the album “absolutely brilliant” while David Nail tweeted it “sounds like one of the coolest records I’ve heard.” Blake Shelton weighed in saying, “I just heard some what WILL be one of the most important albums in county music history… Congratulations and thank you @littlebigtown!!!”

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