Lady Antebellum ‘Own The Night’: Fall Preview

Robbie Daw | September 1, 2011 11:17 am

Believe it or not, September is here, and that means its time to grudgingly turn our minds toward back-to-school season and, eventually, chillier temps. But don’t start feeling too frosty — the onset of autumn also means a whole slew of fall albums is on the horizon! Today we kick off our Fall Preview of the LPs that will be arriving over the next couple months, and first up is Own The Night by award-winning Nashville country-pop trio Lady Antebellum.

ALBUM: Own The Night (Capitol Nashville), the third studio LP from Lady Antebellum.

RELEASE DATE: September 13.

SINGLES RELEASED SO FAR: The heartfelt Top 10 hit “Just A Kiss” (which the trio performed on American Idol in the spring), upbeat toe-tapper “We Owned The Night” and “Dancin’ Away With My Heart.”

ALBUM PRODUCER: Lady A aren’t about to fix what isn’t broken — they’ve teamed up once again with Paul Worley, who handled production chores on both their self-titled debut LP and the Grammy-winning Need You Now.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE LP: The band was aiming for a more youthful, reckless-in-love vibe when recording tunes for their third album — something more than evident on lead single “Just A Kiss,” which, Charles Kelley told Entertainment Weekly, captured the feeling of when he first met his wife. “That’s kind of the theme of Own The Night,” he explained. “It’s about those nights that are so memorable you could live them forever.”

Dave Haywood added, “For me, [owning the night] is about high school memories. I can still picture myself riding in the back of a Bronco to a field party after a rainstorm.”

Vocalist Hillary Scott elaborated on the 12-track Own The Night in a webisode of Lady A TV that was posted on the band’s official site yesterday. “It’s just what has been going on in our lives for the past, almost, two years since we put out Need You Now,” she said.

TOUR PLANS: The band will be touring in support of Own The Night from September through December — and several dates include Charles’ brother Josh Kelley as support act! Charles noted in the above webisode, “All of a sudden we thought, we ought to carry that theme throughout the touring and everything. So Own The Night — we want people to come out to the show, live in the moment and create some special memories.”

OUR THOUGHTS: Need You Now is no doubt going to be a hard act to follow. But with so many country acts (Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Luke Bryan) currently soaring high on the charts — and with “Just A Kiss” proving that the band is still armed with great songs —Lady Antebellum shouldn’t have too much trouble hooking in eager listeners with Own The Night.