By Staff 

This week, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley steps out on his own as a solo artist with the release of his debut album, The Driver. But he’s quick to let fans know that Lady A is still very much a working band, they’re just taking a break.

“We just felt like we were maybe getting to a point where we wanted to step back,” he tells “As a band we said, ‘Let’s just take some time, enjoy our families.'”

Oddly enough, the first taste of the album that we heard is the title track, which features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. Apparently, Kelley likes being part of a vocal trio. “It’s the song I’m probably the most proud of on the project. And it just happens to be that that’s the one with another trio of voices.”

Related: Watch Charles Kelley Cover Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’

Another song on the album is a cover of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Southern Accents.”

“Every time I hear that song, it just reminds me of my dad and how he grew up. He was one of those guys that really did walk five miles to school, and had to work on the farm after school, and did things like that. So I always kind of picture him in my mind when I’m singing that song.”

Petty’s friend and occasional collaborator Stevie Nicks guests on the song. “Stevie said, ‘I can’t wait for Tom to hear it,’ and I was like, ‘Do you think he’ll hear it?’ She goes, ‘Of course he’ll hear it.'” And now that the album’s out, so will everyone else.

Charles Kelley kicks off a tour April 9 in Washington D.C. See the tour dates here.


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