What's It Like to Get Caught Up In a 'Tornado' With Little Big Town?
Songwriter Natalie Hemby describes the moment the song was conceived (There were sirens going off!)
Can you guess what inspired the lyrics to Little Big Town‘s 2012 hit “Tornado?” (It’s okay to go with the obvious here – this isn’t a trick question!)
Songwriter Natalie Hemby shares the story behind the tune in the new season of Front and Center, part of the CMA Songwriters Series, which returns on April 4 and also features LBT, Hunter Hayes, Sara Evans, Martina McBride and Brandy Clark.
“I’m from Nashville and we do have a lot of tornadoes come through here,” shares Hemby, who co-wrote the song at the end of 2011.
“I wrote it with this beautiful English girl, her name is Delta Maid … There were tornado sirens going off and bad weather and she’s like (in a British accent), ‘Do you have a lot of tornadoes here?’ ” Hemby describes in an upcoming episode featuring LBT.
“And I was like, ‘Actually we do’ and we just kinda started writing this song cause I relate to angry female uptempo songs. So we took it and twisted it around (no pun intended) a little bit.
“I called Karen [Fairchild, of LBT] and I said, ‘I want you to hear this song.’ I played it in front of her and the next time I saw her was at a #1 party.”
The new season of Front and Center premieres April 4 on public television. See a clip of LBT’s performance with Hemby above.
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