Country artists enjoying ride on "Pontoon" as one of year's hottest groups

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 02:20 PM.

Still, they persevered and in 2005 released their second album that produced top 10 hits "Boondocks" and "Bring It on Home."

After a 2007 release, Little Big Town came back in 2010 and scored a top 20 hit with "Little White Church."

But the release of the single "Pontoon" earlier this year struck a cord with many, and upon hearing Westbrook play just the first five characteristic notes of the song on his mandolin, the crowd at Cherry Point erupted into shouts and screams.

"We felt it should be the first single. We felt that comfortable about it, but you never know," Westbrook said of the success of the first song the band recorded for its fifth CD "Tornado" that was released in September. "None of that is a given, and we probably never would have dreamed that it was as big as it was. It was really a fun summer, that’s for sure."

Little Big Town had its first No. 1 hit, a song that resonated with large crowds as the band toured over the summer with super group Rascal Flatts.

Then just three weeks ago, Little Big Town earned its first ever Country Music Association awards. "Pontoon" won for single of the year and the band was named CMA vocal group of the year.

"I jumped on top of my chair and screamed so loud I think I ruined my voice," Sweet said of the awards. "We had the best time. I lost my mind."

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