Scott:They were so unbelievably understanding of my schedule. They never put me on a guilt trip or made me feel like I wasn't doing my part.
Kelley: We had the time to get away a little bit when she had the baby, to kind of go recommit ourselves as a band and what we need to do.
Haywood: We've been reinspired. With family on the way, it's like you approach things [differently]. We're really fighting hard [for] it again.
How are the songs from the new album doing on tour?
Kelley: "Freestyle" has gone over huge for us.
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Haywood: People put it up [on YouTube] and talk about it after the show. We're loving the energy.
Kelley: They can kind of sense this is a different Lady Antebellum.
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747 is a country album, but like some of your past work, it's also rooted in pop. Would you ever consider yourselves a pop band?
Kelley: We have come to realize that country is always going to be...
Scott: Our home.
Kelley: Country music is American music: It's got all these elements of other genres, but it's still all about the songwriting.
Scott: Country music, the environment that it brings, the lifestyle it lends itself to -- everything about it is who we are. Our relationships in every part of the business, [they're] just so personal. With radio, with journalists, with everybody -- it's really special.
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Kelley: If we were a pop act, I'd be afraid every next single would be so stressful, because it's like if you don't keep having single, single, single, you're done. In country, we can have a single that may not do as well as the last one and they're still with us. Country music has become so popular [because] there is this neglected pop-rock sound.
Haywood: You can't find that anywhere else.
Kelley: I don't want to sound mean, but it's almost like maybe some pop acts don't understand how harmony works. They're like, "Let's sing together," and they literally sing the same parts. [Other genres are] so beat-driven. Country is just an escape from that. It's like, if I hear another damn dubstep beat...
This story originally appeared in the Oct. 11 issue of Billboard.