Lady Antebellum Back on Tour

By Sculley, Alan | Sarasota Herald Tribune, May 15, 2014 | Go to article overview

Lady Antebellum Back on Tour


Sculley, Alan, Sarasota Herald Tribune


Last summer Lady Antebellum was forced into a taking a break from the road for the most welcome of reasons - the impending birth of a daughter to singer Hillary Scott.

For a group that loves nothing more than making music, the other two band members - Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood - did what came naturally. They took the opportunity to hit the studio.

The summer break came only a couple of months after the release of the group's fourth album, "Golden." Initially Lady Antebellum planned to return to touring behind the album last fall.

But when the summer break produced a batch of new songs, it created a dilemma.

"We're such studio rats - we love being in the studio," Haywood said in a recent phone interview. "And we went in there and really felt like man, this feels like a whole fresh kind of sound of Lady Antebellum."

The trio, though, wasn't ready to leave behind "Golden" and move on to a new album. The time off, though, had put a pause on any momentum behind the original "Golden" album, which had produced a number one country single, "Downtown," but had seen the follow-up single, "Goodbye Town" stall out at number 11 on "Billboard" magazine's Hot Country Songs chart.

The solution was to postpone the fall tour, add three newly recorded songs to "Golden" and re-launch the album as a deluxe edition. One of the new songs, "Compass," went to radio ahead of the November release of the deluxe edition of "Golden." That song reached number six on "Billboard's" Hot Country Songs chart.

Now Lady Antebellum is on the tour that was to begin in the fall, giving "Golden" a new promotional push. And the new songs, Haywood said, actually enhanced an album the band already felt was a strong effort.

"From our personal standpoint, we felt it ("Golden") was our best work," Haywood said. 'We thought how can we add to this thing? What is that other big fun live song that we want to have for the (live) show to kind of complete the record? So yeah, I think there was maybe one or two of those moments missing in the end for the album as a whole, so that's the excitement and reason we wanted to add a couple of more songs to it.

"Compass" should add a lively moment in the current live show. It's a frisky and rootsy uptempo tune that is arguably the most bluegrass/country sounding tune on "Golden." The other new tunes are band co-writes. "And The Radio Played" is a mid-tempo tune with an acoustic edge that pays homage to classic country radio. …

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