Little Big Town's Heartwarming New Song Is More Than 10 Years In The Making

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The latest song from Little Big Town is a heartwarming ballad that serves as a tribute to the sweetest things in life that make a person a “Rich Man” (more than money). The song, written by Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook, cherishes meaningful moments with loved ones. The concept for the song inspired Westbrook more than a decade ago, and it continued to develop over time, according to a press release shared by the band's record label.

“‘Rich Man’ has a special place in my heart, and it feels like the most honest ‘me’ song I’ve ever written,” Westbrook said in a statement. “It is about my love of family and their role in laying the foundation that anchors me.”

“Yeah, in my soul, one thing I know/ I ain't lookin' for a pot of gold/ That ain't what this life means to me/ I keep my head up high, feet on the ground/ Love the ones I'm living 'round/ Life is just that simple to me/ Yeah, I'm a rich man”

Little Big Town — made up of Westbrook, Karen FairchildKimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet — will release their highly-anticipated 10th studio album on September 16. The 16-track collection, Mr. Sun, also includes the previously-released songs, “Hell Yeah” and “All Summer.” See the full track list below.

Mr. Sun is intentionally an emotional record that holds hands well with our last album Nightfall,” Fairchild explained of the project. “Mr. Sun is focused on better days ahead, the value of friendships and family; it touches on heartbreak and letting go, but it’s full of sunshine and joy.”

Sweet added that there’s a “special feeling” to this record, having collectively “been through an unprecedented period” in the process of creating it. “Life is short; we are here to live it with the ones around us, loving them and ourselves the best we can. All the while, thankful for another turn around the sun.”

The band premiered a lyric video with the release of their new song on Friday (July 22), featuring personal footage with their families over the years. Listen to “Rich Man” here:

  1. All Summer (Karen Fairchild, Sara Buxton, Madi Diaz, Ashley Ray, Savana Santos, Alysa Vanderheym)
  2. Better Love (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Tofer Brown, Audra Mae)
  3. Hell Yeah (Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Corey Crowder, Tyler Hubbard)
  4. Mr. Sun (Sarah Buxton, Daniel Tashian)
  5. Three Whiskeys and the Truth (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose)
  6. One More Song (Tofer Brown, Sean McConnell)
  7. Heaven Had a Dance Floor (Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Cary Barlowe, Jesse Frasure)
  8. Gold (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Trent Dabbs, Luke Dick)
  9. Rich Man (Jimi Westbrook)
  10. God Fearing Gypsies (Karen Fairchild, Nicolette Hayford, Ashley Ray)
  11. Different Without You (Corey Crowder, Jared Mullins, Steven Lee Olsen, Jordan Schmidt)
  12. Whiskey Colored Eyes (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
  13. Song Back (Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Todd Clark, Sara Haze, Jason Saenz)
  14. Something Strong (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose)
  15. Last Day On Earth (Karen Fairchild, Trent Dabbs, Tommy English)
  16. Friends of Mine (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook, Foy Vance)