Lady Antebellum stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon yesterday evening to celebrate the release of their newest album, 747, with a live performance of its Number One debut single, “Bartender.”
“We love these guys so much,” Fallon told the audience before introducing the group, whose members —Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood — performed a mini-residency on his previous show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, after the release of their album Golden in May 2013.
Things have changed since that last visit. Fallon’s got a new gig these days, serving as Jay Leno’s replacement on the longest-running talk show in TV history. Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum’s sound has grown, with grooves and pop hooks now replacing the even-keeled, orchestral arrangements that filled their earlier hits.
“‘Bartender’ is much more danceable than what people are used to from us,” Kelley told Rolling Stone Country during a recent sit-down interview. “I think that was exactly what we needed. I think we’d fallen into a very similar style, kind of that mid-tempo thing, with some melancholy to it. With this record, we wanted to try different things and make it really in your face.”
The trio is currently on the road, with a Hollywood Bowl performance slated for October 24th in Los Angeles.