Charles Kelley Releases New Solo Single, ‘The Driver’ [LISTEN]
The track begins with a slow-tempo musical section, setting the feel of the song before the lyrics even begin. But by the time the vocals kick in, the instrumentation has taken a backseat, almost fooling the listener into thinking that the entire thing was done a cappella.
"I’m the driver / Bringing the circus to town / First one in and the last rolling out / Shuttin’ down," the song begins. "The up-all-nighter / All the stars and sunrises I’ve seen / Every cornfield and town in between / West to east."
“The perspective seemed like a Crosby, Stills and Nash story song,” Kelley says of the lyrics. “We went in the studio to record it with no agenda. I thought, maybe it’ll be the start of the next Lady Antebellum record, maybe we’ll scrap it, maybe I’ll pitch the song to other singers.”
Throughout the ballad, the singers take on the personas they're singing about: the dreamer, the believer, the singer and, of course, the driver.
"Oh, easy come, easy go / Yeah, we rock, then we roll / Out of town," they sing during the chorus. "But for now / While the moment is here / Shine a light / Drink a beer / Let's get loud / All the drivers and dreamers / Leavers and singers / Oh, won’t you sing with me now?"
Kelley revealed his solo project plans on Sept. 30, at an industry event in Nashville, during which he also debuted some of its songs.
Later on in his set, Kelley added, "Lady Antebellum will never break up, mark my words. But I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone.”
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