Lady Antebellum’s “Compass” Keeps Them on Course

Personal Anthem Comes at a Perfect Time

It’s obvious there’s a lot of love floating around the Lady Antebellum camp. Over the course of their wildly successful seven-year career, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood have managed to avoid internal conflicts, breakdowns, feuding and artistic differences. In fact, they might just be the most loving, agreeable and peaceful band in all of country music.

“Compass,” their new single, promotes that very message of peace, love and goodwill. It also comes at an opportune time for the group. Though they’ve always been a tight-knit bunch, Haywood says the love and respect they feel for each just keeps getting stronger. In an interview with CMT Radio, he says he and his bandmates are closer than ever before — and you can hear it in the music.

“When I look back at the first record and listen to the music and remember us recording those songs and writing those songs, you know we were still figuring each other out,” he admits. “And not to say we’ve figured each other out, but we know so much about each other, we’re just so much more open to saying what we want to say.”

“Compass” is certainly a defining tune for them. They recently told Rolling Stone magazine it was a song they couldn’t live without. It’s now available on iTunes and will be featured on the deluxe edition of their latest album Golden which arrives in stores on Nov. 12.

The next leg of Lady Antebellum’s Take Me Downtown tour resumes in early November. After a short break during the holiday season, they’ll be back on the road in January.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.