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Charles Kelley's Killing It

Charles Kelley, known for being a member of the Grammy-winning country icon, Lady Antebellum, has just stepped out into the limelight. The raw, gritty vocalist is taking full advantage of Lady Antebellum’s recent hiatus with a solo album, scheduled for release on February 6th. That’s right; we’re about to get our country-rock fill. The new solo album, entitled The Driver, will be released via Capitol Records, and will feature quite the star-studded list of guest vocalists. Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, and even the legendary Stevie Nicks make appearances on the album, paying tribute to the driving, diverse album. As if the guest appearances weren’t enough to leave listeners star-struck, the album features songs co-written by Chris Stapleton, Nathan Chapman, and even Kelley’s brother, Josh.

When questioned about the album’s musical content, Kelley explained that he is looking to “explore musical areas outside of his comfort zone,” while “staying true to [his] rock-n’-roll roots.” The album, both diverse in tone and tempo, combines the lovable soul-driven lyrics with a touch of pop-sensationalism that brought Lady Antebellum into stardom. From tunes such as the sultry, “Just Keep Dancing Around,” to the bittersweet, “Leaving Nashville.” The Driver offers a little something for everyone, giving fans of both rock and country something to relish in. Kelley stresses to his fans that this album does not mean “the end” of Lady Antebellum, but this solo debut is instead merely a chance to explore independent musical creativity. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Driver, set to hit the record store shelves on February 6th.

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