“What better place to be?” she told CMT Hot 20 Countdown on the set of the video shoot. “My last video was very narrative-driven, and for this, we wanted it to be purely focused on me and the band. It’s sort of just a behind-the-scenes look at our rehearsal, soundcheck, me getting ready, the band setting up, me hanging with the band, jamming with the band and rehearsing in the Opry House. We’re keeping it simple, but the way it’s going to be shot is going to be really artsy and really cool.
“It’s a slightly different song,” she continued. “It’s a little edgier and I knew I wanted it to be a performance. Then they came to me with the Opry, and there’s no other place I’d rather do it. This is like the pinnacle. It was definitely No. 1 on my list, so I’m glad it worked out.”
Hale — famous for her portrayal of main character Aria Montgomery in the TV series Pretty Little Liars — described her whole Opry experience as being one of the best in her life so far, along with her album’s successful launch. Debuting in the Top 5 on Billboard’s country albums chart, The Road Between includes her debut single, “You Sound Good to Me,” as well as “Lie a Little Better.”
“The writers of the song (Mike Daly, Chris DeStefano and Melissa Peirce) knew a situation I was going through at the time,” Hale revealed about her second single. “I’m the kind of girl who is very independent, don’t wear my heart on my sleeve, not really romantic, don’t have crushes on people — or at least don’t show it — and there was a certain person who I was just drooling over. I couldn’t look this person in the eye, and I got so nervous around them.
“There’s a line in the song that says, ’I’m fumbling over my words,’ like I would stutter in front of this person, completely lose my cool. So I was just like, ’Lucy, you gotta get it together. You’re acting stupid!’ And so the whole moral of the story is that sometimes you’ve gotta just learn to lie a little better. I don’t know how they did it, but somehow they captured the story so perfectly.”
The full music video for “Lie a Little Better” is now available on both CMT and CMT.com. For more, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 2-3) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.