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

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

"We’re going to work this record to death," Fairchild said.

But for the band, it’s a good kind of work as they bask in the recent success and think about the long road to it.

"It’s been an amazing journey," Schlapman said. "We’ve hit every high and every low you can imagine, but it’s brought us to where we are today. It took us 13 years to get our first No. 1 record and that was a long time, but I think if it had been a different road, it would not have been as sweet as it is right now. We’re just incredibly thankful and we wouldn’t trade a minute of it." 

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