With their performance of upbeat new single "Bartender" a standout at last week's CMT Music Awards, Lady Antebellum is focusing on more such up-tempo material for their upcoming fifth album. Singer Charles Kelley revealed backstage at the nightly CMA Music Festival press conferences that he and bandmates Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott are exploring their enthusiastic side.
"We're definitely leaning heavy into a fun, in your face record this time," Kelley told reporters, including the blog the Country Vibe. "I think for us, this is by far the most kind of fun, up-tempo record we've ever made. I think we always set out to do that and for some reason we've always kind of strayed off into the ballad/mid-tempo world, [but] we stuck to it with this album."
Kelley said the trio is targeting a fall release, but that could shift based on the performance of "Bartender," a rousing getting-over-an-ex anthem.
"I love this song because there's something empowering about not going for the rebound or just moping around over a guy," Scott has said previously. "There are those times in your life when you need to feel sorry for yourself and be sad, but this song is all about hitting the dance floor with your girlfriends and just forgetting him."