Sugar Coat

Album: Nightfall (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • To sugarcoat means to make something superficially attractive or acceptable. Here, Little Big Town sing from the point of view of a woman whose "home sweet home" is "pretty as a picture." But beneath the surface, she's desperate to break free from the pressure to keep up appearances.
  • The poignant track was penned by "Girl Crush" songwriter Lori McKenna along with Josh Kerr and Jordyn Shellart.
  • The song's music video was shot outside of Nashville and was directed by the brother-sister duo of Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos. Set in the early 1960s, it stars actress and producer Kate Bosworth (The Long Road Home, 21, Superman Returns) as a housewife struggling to maintain appearances while her marriage falls apart. Isaiah Stratton (Homeland) plays her husband.

    Said Bosworth of her character: "She is often lonely and unfulfilled – realizing that she is not getting what she needs from a partner, devastated by the choices that her husband is making. As she slowly discovers what is happening, while it's a sad moment, it is ultimately a resilient one. She finds her strength, her fortitude, and ultimately herself. It was an honor to bring this song to life with a band that I love."

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