Friday, August 20, 2021
– Lady A's next studio album, "What a Song Can Do," will be out Oct. 22 on Big Machine Label Group.
Working again with producer Dann Huff, the 14 tracks retain the rootsy pop and harmonies from Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott. This is in effect an expanded version of "What a Song Can Do (Chapter One)," which came out with seven songs on June 25.
"We've rediscovered our purpose, and it's to entertain and spread a positive message. I really truly believe that," Kelley said. "I want our legacy to be songs that make people feel good. But, I also think there's more to our story that hasn't been written yet."
This is the band's first release under the Lady A moniker instead of Lady Antebellum. The trio changed its name last year in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. "Antebellum" was considered an ode to the South.
The lead single, "Like a Lady," stresses self-acceptance and female empowerment.
Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker and tour mate Carly Pearce offer support in the trio's twang-rocking first true collaboration, "Friends Don't Let Friends." Haywood steps to the mic for his first-ever lead vocal on the devoted "Working On This Love," an acoustic poem written solo for his wife, Kelli. The 14-track project ends on with the romantic "Swore I Was Leaving," which was the first song the trio wrote for the project.
The track list is:
1. "Talk Of This Town" - Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds
2. "What A Song Can Do" - Charles Kelley, Sam Ellis, Ryan Hurd, Laura Veltz
3. "Like A Lady" - Hillary Scott, Dave Barnes, Michelle Buzz, Martin Johnson, Brandon Paddock
4. "Things He Handed Down" - Charles Kelley, Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett
5. "Fire" - Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Justin Ebach
6. "Chance Of Rain" - Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Topher Brown, Justin Ebach
7. "Worship What I Hate" - Dave Haywood, Hillary Scott, Natalie Hemby, Amy Wadge
8. "Where Would I Be" - David Garcia, Natalie Hemby, Jordan Terry Minton
9. "Friends Don't Let Friends" (featuring Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker) - Charles Kelley, Julian Bunetta, Ashley Gorley, Thomas Rhett
10. "In Waves" - Charles Kelley, Joey Hendricks, Alysa Vanderheym, Michael Whitworth
11. "You Keep Thinking That" - Charles Kelley, Dave Cohen, Chris Gelbuda, Steven Lee Olsen
12. "Be That For You" - Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Corey Crowder
13. "Workin' On This Love"- Dave Haywood
14. "Swore I Was Leaving" - Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jordan Reynolds, Parker Welling