Lady Antebellum hit the ground running in January after a brief hiatus following the birth of Hillary Scott’s first child — a baby girl named Eisele Kaye. Now they say the behind-the-scenes transition has been easy and being back on the road for the Take Me Downtown tour is a familiar feeling.
“I definitely have my moments where I’m like holding the baby, putting on my makeup, got a curler in my hair, hopping into the shower, whatever. I mean, there’s a lot of plate spinning,” Scott admitted to CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “But the guys have been incredible about having her out and I think, honestly, enjoying her probably just as much as I do.”
The band lightheartedly calls it practice for the arrival of another new addition later this year. Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli are preparing for the birth of their own first child, a son, and they couldn’t be more excited.
“It’s something we’ve always wanted — to start a family,” said Haywood. “We just passed our two-year anniversary, so it was great timing right after our anniversary to find out we were having a boy. It will be great, I’ve got some good practice so far from Eisele.”
Although big personal changes are happening in the band, Charles Kelley says their dynamic has been an evolving one since the beginning. Given their rapid rise to superstardom, they’re now just in a transition period of another kind.
“I guess we miss anything,” he confessed. “It will never be a first time ever again, you know, experiencing all those things — your first No. 1, your first time opening up (for a major artist). We got to open up for Martina McBride and play in an arena, and I remember just going, ‘This is unreal.’
“So, you have different goals and expectations, and I think for us right now, we’re kind of in a stage of, like, ‘How do we establish ourselves as long-term players in this country genre?’ We want one of those long careers like George Strait, and it’s so rare. I mean, you could probably name on a hand or two how many artists are really able to do that. … We work on a lot of music right now, trying to reinvent ourselves but stay really true to what we do.
“I feel like we’re finally allowing ourselves to take some chances in the studio, so I think that’s now where we are as a band.”
For more, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (May 3-4) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.