When Lady Antebellum went into the studio to record their last CD, Own the Night , the trio says they definitely felt the pressure to live up to the Grammy-winning success they’d just had with Need You Now . But when it came time to record their new project, Golden , the process was very different.
"Being another album removed from Need You Now really gave us a lot more clarity. And we wanted to simplify," Hillary Scott says. "This group of songs we feel is the strongest that we've ever had as a whole, and we wanted to do right by each individual song. So, I think from the production standpoint, we wanted every little thing to matter. Every little guitar lick, every little drum fill, not have it be too complicated sounding."
For Hillary, the simplified approach meant that she and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood focused more on the vocals. For Dave, it meant he felt less rushed.
And if Own the Night was a reaction to Grammy success, he says Golden was forged in the afterglow of a series of successful concerts.
"This record was made immediately after our arena headlining tour, which I think fired us more. We were more excited but a little more relaxed 'cause we felt like we had so many shows under our belt," Dave recalls. "We'd written a lot, and we knew we had a lot of time. We allotted -- we didn't have an end date for this record. So, we went into it saying, 'Let's just spend however much time we need to spend on this thing to get it done.'"
Time is something the trio won't have much of anytime soon. Tuesday, they play Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show , with appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon set for Wednesday and Thursday.
Lady Antebellum's fourth studio album, Golden , comes out Tuesday, with "Goodbye Town" set to be the follow-up single to the chart-topping "Downtown."
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