When you think about the multi-Grammy award winning group, Lady Antebellum, it’s hard to fixate on lead singer, Hillary Scott. The band’s name is LADY Antebellum and Hillary’s usually out front and center, but Charles Kelley is also right there with her sharing lead vocals. He just released his first major label solo album, The Driver, in February and it’s a certifiable smash loaded with potential hit singles. After debuting at #2 on the Country Charts, Charles LP has quickly disappeared from the public eye. You need to check it out as it’s an early nominee for the Best Country Album of 2016. Let’s take a look at four essential tracks:
“DANCING AROUND IT” In an era with artists like Thomas Rhett are mixing Soul and R&B with modern country music, “Dancing Around It” could easily crossover to the pop charts. Charles’ falsetto on “we could just keep dancing around it” brings to mind the Doobie Brothers “What A Fool Believes”.
“THE ONLY ONE WHO GETS ME” A slow-burning emotional ballad punctuated with a delicious blues guitar riff. “I’m hard to handle, sometimes reckless, with that heart that’s always restless, but you’re the only one who gets me.”
“THE DRIVER” Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley join Kelley for a spiritual anthem guaranteed to lift your mood. The CD’s title track shines as the three country superstars harmonize beautifully.
“SOUTHERN ACCENTS” Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks recorded a number of great songs together including “I Need To Know”, “I’ll Run To You”, and their huge hit “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” This time around Stevie joins Charles for a reworking of Petty’s 80’s classic “Southern Accents”. You may remember Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum for a recent CMT Crossroads episode last year.