Lady Antebellum’s New Single Serves Up Another Round

"Bartender" Takes a New Turn on a Familiar Theme

Lady Antebellum, are y’all trying to get me tipsy? I mean, I could get drunk on your new single.

If you thought just because leading lady Hillary Scott is now a mama and bandmate Dave Haywood is soon-to-be a daddy, the trio was going soft on us, they’ve released a killer, beat-driven, hooky new single titled “Bartender.”

They’re bringing the edge and the rock vibes with the new tune. It’s a danceable, anthemic track and lyric written by the trio and their hitmaker pal Rodney Clawson. “Bartender” is the story of a gal who’s ready to shake off the bad memory of a breakup and aims to hit the town with her girlfriends to do just that.

That’s what you do when love does you wrong, am I right? Can I get a witness?

It shouldn’t be difficult to find one. We’ve all been there and can identify with lyrics like “What I’m really needing now is a double shot of Crown. …Chase that disco ball around till I don’t remember.”

Or at least until I’m focused more on nursing my hangover than thinking about the horrendous ex that got me there in the first place.

This is a good single Lady Antebellum right now. Sure, it’s not their first alcohol-referencing single. They had the quintessential drunk-dialing love smash “Need You Now,” and the characters in the song got into a little bit of fun mischief in “Downtown.” But this is the feistiest and most unapologetic on the subject we’ve heard the group in quite a while.

It’s got attitude and guts. It’s proof they’ve still got it going on after all these hits and life changes. Musically speaking, they’re one of the most versatile acts around. Whether it’s sweet love songs, feel-good party songs, in-your-face breakup songs, they can sing it all.

The group’s Charles Kelley says the new single is “just a taste” of what they’ve been working on for their new album which is expected to be released later this year.

“For this new stuff, we wanted to keep the core of Lady A, while also experimenting with new sounds and ideas,” Kelley said.

The single will be released digitally on May 20. They’ll perform it to kick off Good Morning America’s summer concert series live from New York’s Central Park on May 23.

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.