Lady Antebellum's not slowing down with tour, new album
Lady Antebellum never really slows down for long.
The country trio is still in the middle of their "Take Me Downtown" tour -- supporting their "Golden" album, which arrived shortly before singer Hillary Scott's daughter, Eisele, was born last year -- and they're already announcing plans for the next album, "747," (Capitol Nashville), which is due out Sept. 30, around the time singer/guitarist Dave Haywood's first child is also due.
All that change should make for an interesting show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Sunday night, along with openers Billy Currington and Joe Nichols. Here's what to watch for:
THE "COMPASS" DIRECTION The band sees its "Compass" single, which featured more of a beat-driven, Mumford-and-Sons-ish approach, as a new driving force for the group. "I know that once we released 'Compass' as a single, the energy that song brought to our career, to our live show, it was really evident that was something we needed more of," Scott told The Associated Press recently.
THE NEW STUFF The new single "Bartender" has already made a big splash, with its more rock-oriented vibe and its star-studded video including supermodel Kate Upton. And it's only a matter of time before "Long Stretch of Love," also from "747," makes an appearance in the set, considering how it's already a part of Samsung's Milk Music campaign. "We are so ready to get this music out," singer Charles Kelley said in a release. "To get the reaction we've gotten from 'Bartender' has only made us more fired up about the rest of these songs!"
THE ACOUSTIC SET Part of what sets Lady A apart from other country bands is the way their voices blend together. That blend really stands out when the band goes acoustic for "Goodbye Town," "Wanted You More" and "Hello World" in the middle of their set.
THE COVERS Though the band is still firmly entrenched in the country mainstream, they are way more adventurous when it comes to the covers in their live show. Recent shows have seen them taking on everything from Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" to Avicii's "Wake Me Up" and Anna Kendrick's "Cups" from the "Pitch Perfect" soundtrack.
WHO Lady Antebellum
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Sunday, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh
INFO Tickets $31-$56.75; 866-558-8468