Lady Antebellum Release ‘Long Stretch of Love’ Music Video
The clip, just like the new single, shows a new side of trio members Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley; there's fire, there's ice, and there's a whole lot of red lighting, evoking feelings of passion and tension. The video is a nod to the trio's live performance of the song each night on their Wheels Up 2015 Tour, but with a dramatic twist.
""Long Stretch" is how we’ve been opening our set each night on the road this year,” Haywood says. “So, when we went to make this music video, we really wanted to channel the anticipation and excitement we feel listening to the crowd go nuts at that first riff. When the lights go up and the fans go crazy, our adrenaline is pumping, and it totally sets the energy level for the whole night."
Lady Antebelleum have a plethora of hits to choose from, but opening their shows with "Long Stretch of Love" was a calculated decision by the group.
"We honestly just feel like it is so representative of who we are, and that’s what we want to be the first thing we make at the top of the set,” Scott explains. “... It’s the most representative of us right now, where we are and the longevity we strive for as the band.”
With lines like, "I'll be right here beside you / If these good times get tough / Baby, we're in for a long stretch of love," the tune, written by the band along with Josh Kear, is an homage to their enduring friendship, on and off the road.
“We’re all married. True love is ups and downs. You hit, you miss. You’re fire and ice,” Kelley tells Radio.com. “But at the end of the day, we’re not going anywhere. We feel that way in our personal lives and as a band. We’re going to have our ups and downs. We’ve been through a lot. We just have this long stretch of love. This long view of the group.”
Adds Scott, "Not to sound really cheesy, but I feel like that song is kind of our heart’s cry as a band. [We want] to be here and continue to build a career that’s gonna be here for decades, and have longevity. That song is just a great representation of how dedicated we are to continue on this road.”
Sonically, "Long Stretch of Love" is a fresh breath of air.
“What really makes this song special and different to me is how we used an uncommon instrument called a woodrow, which brings an Appalachian feel into this high-energy track,” says 747 producer Nathan Chapman. “That unique sound combined with their vocals — which may be the most powerful Lady A has ever sounded — it just leaves the listener breathless.”
Christina Vinson also contributed to this story.
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