Nashville’s Lower Broadway is filled with honky-tonk bars, but leave it to Lady Antebellum to find the night’s coolest “Bartender.”
The energetic trio took the stage outside of the 2014 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night (June 4) to serve their newest single to hundreds of enthusiastic — and possibly inebriated — fans.
Sung from the perspective of a wild woman who wants to get crazy with her girlfriends, the party anthem is the first release from the trio’s upcoming fifth album. Band members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott co-wrote the song with Rodney Clawson.
“I love this song because there’s something empowering about not going for the rebound or just moping around over a guy,” Scott stated when the single was released. “There are those times in your life when you need to feel sorry for yourself and be sad, but this song is all about hitting the dance floor with your girlfriends and just forgetting him.”
The band co-produced the intoxicating single with Nathan Chapman, best known for his work on Taylor Swift’s albums.
“For this new stuff, we wanted to keep the core of Lady A while also experimenting with new sounds and ideas,” Kelley said. “Nathan was really instrumental in pushing us to try different harmonies and new songs that were a little out of the box for us. There’s a lot of energy that comes with those changes, and ’Bartender’ is just a taste of what we’ve been working on.”
The album title and release date have not been announced.
“We’ve been crazy busy writing, and when we’re this deep into it, we get so excited about new music that we can’t wait to get it out,” Haywood said last month. “We’ve been outdoors playing amphitheaters and are loving the energy that the fans bring to those outdoor shows. So, when we sat down to write with Rodney for the first time, we really wanted some new stuff to keep fans on their feet.”