Set in a vintage saloon with a glamorous edge, the video features supermodel Kate Upton and Veep actor Tony Hale drowning their troubles during a wild night of drinking battles.
The members of Lady A say they captured the spirit of the song while incorporating a few unexpected twists, even admitting this may well be their all-time favorite video.
“Bartender” is the first single from their upcoming fifth studio album which the band took in a different creative direction than past projects.
“I think the one thing we did this time that we maybe didn’t do in the past few years, when we start running into subject matter or even a melody that feels familiar — like we’ve done it before — we would immediately just stop ourselves, like, ‘No, we can’t go down that road. Let’s just stop and move on,'” the group’s Charles Kelley told CMT. “So we really made a conscious effort to write songs that were completely different.”
The group’s leading lady Hillary Scott says “Bartender,” in particular, is unique.
“I love this song because there’s something empowering about not going for the rebound or just moping around over a guy,” she said. “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.”
Check out Lady Antebellum’s star-studded video for “Bartender” and tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (June 28-29) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.