On Fire Tonight

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  • The Little Big Town quartet wanted to showcase their live sound on Tornado, so they came into the studio at 6 p.m. to record as if they were rehearsing for a performance later that night. "We just wanted to do something different. That was our producer's idea, Jay Joyce," Kimberly Schlapman explained to Billboard magazine. "He wanted us to come in like we were playing a show and to have the energy and a little bit pressure like it is to put on a show. He wanted us to sing it live and put us on the spot a little bit. That was his idea and it worked like a charm."
  • This good-timin' party song was written by the four members of Little Big Town with Nashville-based songwriter Luke Laird. The version that ended up on Tornado evolved into something completely different than how it was originally written. LBT's Jimi Westbrook recalled to The Boot: "We got in and experimented with it. It turned into this thing that was so much fun and had so much energy. The band was jamming on the outro on just one take and Jay said, 'That's really cool, what you're doing, let's throw that part under the verse melody.'"

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