Since their formation in the mid-90s, Lit has paved a unique path to success that continues on today. The hit records A Place in the Sun (1999) and Atomic (2001) spawned mega-singles “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Zip-Lock,” “Miserable,” and “Lipstick and Bruises”… as well as a decade of sold-out crowds, major label deals and world tours. An 11-week No.1 single, platinum records, all fueled by a dedicated and active fanbase. In 2008, however, the rollercoaster ride to the top of rockdom halted abruptly when the band’s beloved drummer Allen Shellenberger was diagnosed with a brain tumor that took his life a year later. Since Shellenberger’s death and dedicating their fifth studio record The View From The Bottom (2012) to him, Lit has been actively touring, writing, recording, and switching lanes over to Country.
It should come as no surprise, as the genre is deeply ingrained in the fabric of the band. As a Nashville SONY/ATV writer, Jeremy Popoff immersed himself in the Country music scene nearly a decade ago, bringing his bandmates along a few years ago to share in the songwriting process that Nashville is fueled on. They’ve shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Country Music, like Dustin Lynch and Chase Rice. They’ve toured with A Thousand Horses. They’ve landed cuts on Colt Ford, Jamey Johnson, Heidi Newfield and other records. They’ve written with A- List writers like Jeffrey Steele, Jonathan Singleton, and Corey Crowder, who’s producing the new record.
“We’ve been writing songs in Nashville for a long time,” explains Jeremy. “It’s nice to find ourselves kind of reinventing our sound with flavors from our past mixed in with our love for other genres, including Country. We’ve never been married to one specific style of music and I think our fans have come to expect that from us.”
Lit’s own original Country crossover songs, described by the band as “Southern California Drinkin’ Music,” have been road-tested and seamlessly integrated into their nightly setlist. The fans don’t miss a beat – It’s the same high-octane rock show they’ve gotten since the beginning.
Country and Rock fans alike are embracing this new iteration of the Lit story. Walk down Broadway any given hour and you’re guaranteed to hear a house band’s spin on “My Own Worst Enemy”. Or go to a Dustin Lynch or Chase Rice show and hear every single fan from front to back scream every word. Lit recently joined Dustin at Stagecoach Festival to deliver “My Own Worst Enemy” to over 50,000 of Country’s most dedicated fans and the collaboration was reviewed as one of the festival’s best moments.
Country music came to Lit as much as Lit came to Country music. They are a prime example of artists taking risks, as the lines that used to define genres get blurrier by the day. Jeremy adds, “We write about what we’re living, like we always have, and hopefully we have a lot more living going on in our future.”
Lit’s forthcoming record will be funded in part by a PledgeMusic campaign through which fans can purchase exclusive Lit memorabilia and experiences, as well preorder the new record. It’s chance for fans to own a part of Lit’s history and future. Learn more at pledgemusic.com/lit.