This week’s co-hosts are the members of Lady Antebellum, who have a new album called “Ocean” out on Friday. They brought copies of the album to the studio, and Lon asked them to describe the cover: “We went back and forth with what we wanted. At one point, we thought we wouldn’t put out faces on it, and just have an ocean or something.”
Lon asked, So your album is called Ocean, and there’s no ocean: “Don’t over-analyze this. It’s the ocean of emotion. The reason we called it ocean, there are so many waves of emotion on this album. I think that’s why we wanted to call it Ocean. And it sounds cool, Lon.”
The trio had just recently been added to the Music City Walk Of Fame, inducted by Tim McGraw: “We didn’t know Tim McGraw was gonna present us. He pretty much roasted me the whole speech. He loves to tease me. He kept saying, ‘It’s amazing how Hillary & Dave’s voices were able to bury Charles in the back, and that’s why they’re so successful.’ He sent me a text afterwards asking if he’d gone too far, and I said I loved it.”
They also previewed their appearances on the CMA Christmas special and the Dolly Parton Opry 50th special. “This was our first time to meet Dolly, and it was awesome. Getting to watch her sing her hits at the Opry, I was blown away, chill bumps all night. We travel around the world, and everywhere you go, they know Dolly.”
Hillary Scott recalled this moment during the Christmas special: “I got to share the stage with Trisha Yearwood, Cee Cee Winans, Kristen Chenowith, and Tori Kelly, and do an all-female version of ‘Children Go Where I Send Thee,’ and it was nerve wracking, because I’m standing among these women trying to make them proud, so I can’t wait to see it.”
Lon closed the show by asking about 2020 tour plans: “We have a big tour planned, we want to wait and announce it, but we have it already planned, and we have two incredible acts coming before us. It’s gonna be a big time.”
Lady A also has great stories this week about Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini. Russell Dickerson, and Little Big Town.
NEXT WEEK: Brad Paisley