A new album atop the Billboard 200 and a baby on the way for Hillary Scott, the band's Charles Kelley tells us why a break will be a good thing: "You've got to make time for life"
With its fourth album, "Golden," lodged atop the Billboard 200 after its first week on sale, it wouldn't appear to be an opportune time for Lady Antebellum to have a break on the horizon. But the group will be doing just that in late June for Hillary Scott to have her first child, and bandmate Charles Kelley is confident the trio won't lose too much momentum during its absence.
"It won't be that long, really," Kelley tells Billboard. "We'll kind of keep ourselves out and about enough to stay in front and not let people forget about us too much."
That, he says, will include videos for more of "Golden's" songs -- the second, "Goodbye Town," just came out to follow the No. 1 Country Airplay hit "Downtown." And, Kelley adds, "as a band it's good to step off for a little bit so people don't get too sick of you, anyway. You've got to make time for life -- that's the only way you're not going to drive yourself crazy. Part of the next chapter in Lady Antebellum is having kids, but I think we'll find a way to make everything work out.
"We're excited about it, and honestly, so far, (Scott's) been doing awesome. She's getting through shows great. And it'll be fun to have a little road baby out there with us."
Lady Antebellum has a light tour schedule through the Chippewa Valley Country Festival on June 17 in Cadott, Wisc., with nothing else on the books until an Aug. 4 show at the Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta, Canada. Kelley says the hardest part of the group's situation was having to call off a number of shows and plans for a more extensive tour once Scott's due date was determined.
"We hated to cancel the shows, first and foremost," he notes. "But we'll make them all up. We already have plans for once Hillary gets settled in with the baby. The fall of next year there'll be a ton of touring for us. We'll make up for (being away)."
Kelley, meanwhile, is already plotting out his time away from Lady A. "I'll probably do a whole lot of songwriting," he predicts. "Dave (Haywood) and I are talking about doing some songwriting trips. We're good buddies with Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, so maybe hop in the bus and go write with some of those guys and see if we can't write for one of our records or their records. We really haven't gotten to do that yet. And I'll play a ton of golf and go down to the beach and go on a couple of trips with my wife (Cassie McConnell). We're gonna go to Italy. I'm sure I'll find plenty to do."