Lady Antebellum Releasing New Single 'Bartender'

05/13/2014
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(Radio.com) Lady Antebellum is on a roll. Only a year after releasing Golden, and right in the midst of a busy summer tour schedule, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are already making plans for their next studio album. And they have now unveiled the first new single from that project.

Titled "Bartender," the single is an uptempo number, but one with a heavy message, about a woman wiping out the pain of a recent breakup with a night on the town dancing and drinking "'Til I don't remember." Subject-wise it touches on a familiar trope in country music (see Merle Haggard's "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" or Webb Pierce's "There Stands the Glass"), but Lady A has turned that scenario into an energized single that's polished and focused on a crowd aiming to party.

"I think it's always cool when you can capture what feels like a fun track where the lyrics are a little darker," Kelley told the Nashville Tennessean. "You really listen to the lyrics. It's definitely a head-bobber, but then you kind of listen and you're like, 'Man, this girl is talking about literally drinking the pain away.' I think those songs are cool when you can have that juxtaposition."

Written by Haywood, Kelley, Scott and Rodney Clawson, it's also a song about empowerment and, as Scott describes it, "taking the reins" in the wake of a bad breakup. "Hey bartender pour 'em hot tonight," Scott sings, "'Til the party and music and the truth collide/Bring it 'til his memory fades away." more on this story

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