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Little Big Town gets into a groove with Pharrell on new album

Little Big Town is taking their newfound crossover success to the next level with their upcoming album, “Wanderlust.”

The band’s new recording was produced by Pharrell Williams, who, according to LBT’s Karen Fairchild, loves country music and harmony.

The quartet – Georgia natives Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, along with Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook – will perform the new single “One of Those Days” on the Tuesday season finale of NBC’s “The Voice.”

“Wanderlust” arrives June 10 and features eight tracks from the group and Williams.

LBT is on tour with Luke Bryan through mid-June – they performed a pair of shows at Lakewood Amphitheatre last weekend – where they’re running down their growing hit list in concert with songs including “"Pontoon," "Tornado," "Day Drinking" and the best-selling country single of 2015, "Girl Crush.”

Fairchild said the partnership with Williams means some new grooves in LBT’s sound.

“What started out as one writing session a few months ago (with Williams) turned into multiple writing sessions, as well as back and forth trips from Nashville to Los Angeles. When the songs started coming together, we realized it was too special to not share with our fans,” she said. “Pharrell loves country music and is a huge fan of harmony. That shared passion and appreciation took us on a creative journey we had no idea would happen. The music feels like our worlds have collided in the best possible way - his infectious grooves paired with our layered vocals and harmonies. This music is meant to be danced to, sung along with and turned up loud. It's uplifting and hopeful. We've been a band for a long time and have had the pleasure of collaborating with so many people, and it's been a complete joy to make music with Pharrell!”

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.