Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley on Their Latest Album and Being Back on the Road
Country music favorites Lady Antebellum have hit the road, again. The trio of Charles Kelley, Hilary Scott, and Dave Haywood, who have been kicking around the country scene since 2006, are relentless travelers who constantly crisscross the U.S. and are currently pounding the pavement on their "Take Me Downtown" tour following their newest album, Golden.
Courtesy Photo Lady Antebellum: (from left) Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott.
The disc has seen much success with songs such as "Downtown," "Goodbye Town," and "Compass" since its release last November. Travelling across the the country with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves in tow, this seven-time Grammy winning group is looking to give fans a bigger and more intimate show this time around.
Lady Antebellum will be making a stop in the Valley at Ak-Chin Pavilion on March 22 and Up On the Sun recently spoke with Kelley via phone to gain some insight into the band's latest album and what fans can look forward to when they attend the show.
How has the tour been going so far?
It's definitely been a lot of fun. We took about 6 or 7 months off the road when Hilary had her baby. We honestly, I mean, this is the most excited we've ever been to be back out on the road just because we've had so much time off. The band -- all of us - we're all just ready so it's definitely the most fun we've had on a tour -- it's been a long time -- we've had time to appreciate it more.
You lose all that little jaded 'you know, another day on the road' kind of vibe that we've had for a little while because we were going so hard for seven years. So for us, that's the main thing - just really appreciating it and enjoying it and taking it for what it is, which is something that could always be gone, you know, so I think we've really just been enjoying it and trying to put on the best show we can and it's the most fun we've ever had out on tour.
What has been the hardest part about coming back from a long break from touring?
Oh man, I don't know, coming back was the easy part. Break was the hard part. Gosh, I don't know, I think the hardest part is always to try and reinvent the show and try to come up with something different. It's definitely the most energetic show we've ever had and we're really leaning hard on our up-tempo material a lot for this tour. And I think with our record in particular, having songs like "Downtown" and "Compass" have helped the pacing of the show so much, because I think we're doing much more for our ballads with the tempo so to be able to lean on songs like "Downtown" or "Our Kind of Love" or "Love Don't Live Here." those are the songs that I think in a live show really make for a fun night. So that's kind of the biggest thing for us is just reinventing the show and just making it as fun and entertaining as we can.