Assisted by a backing marching band — and down one usual member — Little Big Town performed their 2020 hit “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” outdoors in downtown Nashville at the 2021 ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 18).
One of the quartet’s founding members, Phillip Sweet, introduced the performance by explaining that he would not be joining, as he had recently tested positive for COVID-19. In good spirits and “on [his] way to a full recovery,” Sweet wished for a full return to live music — and Little Big Town gave viewers a taste of that with their roaring performance of the Nightfall single, strutting down the streets of Nashville with drums and horns providing able support behind them.
“Wine, Beer, Whiskey” peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2020, while also gracing the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Little Big Town were nominees at this year’s ceremonies in the group of the year category, but the award was won by Old Dominion for the fourth year in a row.
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