Early Nominee for Country LP of the Year – Charles Kelley

poses in the Wonderwall Portrait Studio during 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.
poses in the Wonderwall Portrait Studio during 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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:

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“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.

2 comments

  1. Thanks Maria! You always have such great taste in music so let me know if you hear something new to feature. Dancing Around It is my favorite but the whole album is great!

  2. Thanks for tuning me on to Charles Kelley as an artist.

    Dancing Around It… I LOVE it. Sorta feels like I hear some Daryl Hall influence in his vocals too. I agree. This is a cross over song. I expect The Sprectum or even Alt Nation on Sirius XM would even play it.

    The Only One Who Gets Me… What an incredible song.

    The Driver – Awesome! I had chills when I heard it. Love the harmonies.

    Great blog. Thanks Mike!

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