Friday, January 8, 2016
– Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum will release his debut solo album, "The Driver," on Feb. 5 on Capitol Records Nashville.
The nine-track disc has already received a Grammy nomination for its lead single/title track, which features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. Kelley also covers Tom Petty's "Southern Accents" with Stevie Nicks helping out.
There was no word on tour dates. Kelley cancelled his touring in December with no reason given.
"At first, it was really weird to go in the booth and be like, 'Where's Hillary? Where's Dave?' But it was very exciting to be the leader in there and go, 'This is it, I'm doing this,'" Kelley said. "It was the most fun I've had in the studio because everything felt new again. It took me out of my comfort zone."
The disc emerged from the studio in the back of producer Paul Worley's offices. Satisfied with the first studio go-round, Kelley and Worley made plans to reconvene a few months later, where they came out with "Dancing Around It." The second session also included "Leaving Nashville," a song about the ups and downs, heartaches and disappointments, of life as a songwriter.
Three final songs were cut later in the year. "Round in Circles," marks the first time that Charles and his brother, Josh Kelley, recorded together since Josh's early work. Miranda Lambert appears on "I Wish You Were Here" and the very last song recorded, "The Only One Who Gets Me," the fist time Kelley has written a song specifically for and about his wife, Cassie.
"While so many of these songs are something I specifically can relate to, it really is all of our story," added Kelley. "It is a pure musical left turn, to take myself out of my own head and bring in a fresh perspective when we go back in to make the next Lady Antebellum record."
The track list is:
1. Your Love (Abe Stoklasa, Ashley Ray)
2. The Driver featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay
(Charles Kelley, Eric Paslay, Abe Stoklasa)
3. Dancing Around It
(Charles Kelley, Abe Stoklasa, Daniel Tashian)
4. Southern Accents featuring Stevie Nicks
5. Lonely Girl (Chris Stapleton, Jesse Frasure)
6. The Only One Who Gets Me (Charles Kelley, Nathan Chapman)
7. Round In Circles
(Charles Kelley, Josh Kelley)
8. I Wish You Were Here featuring Miranda Lambert
9. Leaving Nashville (Abe Stoklasa, Donovan Woods)
Fans can receive as an instant download of the title track alongside an additional track each Friday leading into release with an iTunes pre-order purchase.