Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood hit the stage in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night for an intimate performance of several new tracks from their upcoming album, Heart Break. The event was streamed on Facebook Live.
Off the new album, the trio played "This City," lead single "You Look Good," "Somebody Else's Heart," and the title track. Midway through the performance, they treated fans to an old favorite, "Bartender."
"Thank you guys for understanding that we needed to take a little break this past year or two and we're so excited about this new record we made," Kelley told the crowd. Later, the singer played bartender himself, offering Scott a swig of whiskey when she confessed, "my knees are shakin'."
Heart Break is due out on Jan. 9 and just before closing out the set, Haywood explained the significance behind the title.
"It's about letting your heart take a break," he said. "We wrote this song about a relationship -- if you know anybody who's a serial dater, who jumps from one relationship to the next, and they never take a break -- you gotta have some time for yourself. You gotta have some time to relax in between things.
"There's a larger story for us as Lady Antebellum," he continued. "We took a little 'heart break' and now we're back, and for those of you guys who know us, we are more excited than we've been for 10 years in this industry and doing music."
The band revealed that they went "back to basics" while working on this album, taking a brief hiatus from their families and renting a house together in the Hollywood Hills. "We lived together. Dave made breakfast for us every morning -- and dinner," Kelley said with a laugh.
"I think what it was for us was getting back to a little bit of that spontaneous inspiration that you get when you don't have too many things pulling you in different directions," he said. "Thank God our families let us do this and I didn't have to wake up with my 11-month-old boy at two in the mornin' every night. It was a really inspiring time and I think we got back to the core of this group."
But before the album hits shelves, Lady A will be hitting the road in May on the You Look Good World Tour, performing 65 shows in six countries, across three continents. Joining the band on tour is 2017 Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini, along with Brett Young.
Lady Antebellum first announced
that they would be stepping away from the spotlight in August 2015, with Kelley saying that they hoped to get "re-inspired" for the next record.
Since then, Kelley and Scott have each released critically acclaimed side projects of their own. Kelley's solo album, The Driver, was released early last year, while Scott's gospel album, Love Remains, was a family affair.
"It's just a true passion project," Scott told ET. "[I'm] really following my heart and what I wanted to talk about and sing about."
See more from the interview, including her take on daughter Eisele Kay's musical talents, in the player below.