Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley is up to something that will blow your mind AP Photo

Lady Antebellum may be taking a break, but Charles Kelley is going to keep the music coming.

On the evening of Sept. 30, Kelley treated some special guests, including Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, and his Lady A band members, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, to a sneak peak of what will eventually be his solo album. Although the project doesn’t have a name or release date yet, it’s shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated country music releases of the year. The eclectic mix of songs features Lady A style ballads and funky up-tempo songs, as well as some seriously exciting guest appearances.

The Chris Stapleton co-written “Lonely Girl” already feels like a hit with it’s funky groove and unforgettable chorus. When fans hear this song, they’re going to wonder where this side of Kelley has been hiding. Then there’s the cover of Tom Petty’s “Southern Accents,” (Johnny Cash also recorded this on 1996’s “Unchained”a beautifully executed ballad that will feature harmonies by the iconic singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks. Does it get any better than that? Well, it kind of does, especially if your’e a country music fan. The heartbreaker, “I’m Never Leaving Nashville” feels like a break-up song and an ode to the the city all in one. This is a track that will have Lady A fans swooning, especially the way Kelley flawlessly turns every note.


Kelley’s first solo performance ended with both Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley coming out to share the stage with him for a very special song called “The Driver.” When people hear the emotional and inspiring track, they’ll know exactly why Kelley wanted to share it with some of his closest, and most talented, friends.


Before ending the night, Kelley promised that Lady Antebellum were never breaking up, even saying “Lady Antebellum will never break up, mark my words. But I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone.”

Charles Kelley did just that with this new material, and  mark our words, it’s going to blow your mind!

Autumn Haile is a contributor for Rare Country.
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