NASHVILLE, Tenn., February 15, 2013 - Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum are gearing up to release the band's fourth studio album, the highly anticipated follow up to 2011's Own the Night. The album's lead single, "Downtown," is a sturdy romp into a brand new direction for the Nashville musicians. Band member Charles Kelley describes the new material as "organic" and "raw" and a real return to the sounds of their self-titled debut album (2008).
“I don’t think we put any string sections on any song, which we had a lot of on the last two records. We just wanted to get back to our first record a little bit,” he tells Country Weekly.
Meanwhile, Kelley notes that Southern rock is a prevalent force on the new collection, especially textures that lend themselves easily to live concerts. “There is a lot of Southern rock influences on the other songs,” he explains. “It feels very Allman Brothers meets Sheryl Crow. It’s something that we knew would be fun live.”
“After ‘Need You Now,’ it’s hard not to try to write [another] ‘Need You Now.’ Once we got away from that, I think we got back to writing really great songs again,” he continues. “We’re excited about the whole project.”
With their current single "Downtown" shooting up Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are anxious to treat fans to even more uptempo, lighthearted songs. “We had just come off some very serious singles,” Kelley admits. “We knew going into this record that we wanted to come out of the gate with something really fresh and different and fun for us.”
"We really wanted to come out of the box on this album with some tempo and something with a little attitude," Kelley goes even further into detail. "There are a lot of really driving sounds on the new record, and we're excited for everyone to hear what we've been working on…we are calling it our roll down the windows record. All the support we're getting from our friends at radio is firing us up!"