No. 1 Party: Little Big Town’s “Pontoon”

Pictured Back Row (L-R): Sandbox Entertainment’s Jason Owen, EMI Music Publishing’s Tom Luteran, Capitol Nashville’s Steve Hodges, Universal Music Publishing’s Kent Earls, and BMI’s Jody Williams. Front Row: Little Big Town’s Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, and Jimi Westbrook; and co-writers Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, and Barry Dean. Photo: Steve Lowry

BMI gathered Music Row executives, songwriters, friends, and family on the rooftop of its Nashville offices Friday afternoon (9/21) for a party celebrating Little Big Town’s first No. 1 single, “Pontoon.”

The summer anthem was co-written by Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby, and Barry Dean; marking the writer’s tenth, second, and first-time No. 1, respectively. The platinum-selling single is featured on Little Big Town’s latest album, Tornado, which also landed at No. 1.


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