Chuck Arnold and Danielle Anderson
October 08, 2012 12:00 PM

>”PONTOON” IS YOUR FIRST NO. 1 COUNTRY SINGLE. HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE?

Kimberly Schlapman: A big ol’ party! After 13 years we gotta make up for a lot of time.

THOUGHT ABOUT BUYING A PONTOON BOAT?

Karen Fairchild: We hoped someone would give us one… Jimi Westbrook: With us boosting the industry and all!

Fairchild: We’ve been getting texts and tweets from other artists on pontoons, like Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert. And [a fan] e-mailed us a video: Imagine a pontoon with a stripper pole and a beautiful blonde in a bikini dancing to “Pontoon.”

Westbrook: We have made pontoons sexy.

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE PEACE BETWEEN THE SEXES IN THE GROUP?

Phillip Sweet: Kimberly is the peacekeeper. And Karen is the ringleader of fun. Schlapman: Karen and I might put a little more effort into getting ready before a show, but they’re real gentlemen. They carried our bags when nobody else was around 13 years ago. Of course Karen and Jimi are married, so he still has to carry her bags!

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