Lady Antebellum gets right back to work 

When Nashville trio Lady Antebellum walked away with no less than five trophies at the recent Grammy Awards, it was safe to say that the night pretty much belonged to them, and their smash hit (and album of the same name) “Need You Now.”

Even if its lyrics seemed somewhat questionable (“It’s a quarter after one, I’m a little drunk and I need you now” — not a very enticing sure-I’ll-respect-you-in-the-morning invitation, when it comes right down to it). So it’s no surprise that the band flew directly home for some intense sessions that produced a new track called “We Owned The Night” — a theme they’ve expanded into a full third album, “Own The Night,” which hits the street via Capitol Nashville on Sept. 13.

A lead single from “Night” — “Just A Kiss” — has already proved to be the group’s fastest-rising smash, going Top 15 in only five weeks.

Helped along, no doubt, by their performing it on “American Idol” this May.

As bandleader Charles Kelley tells it, he, Hillary Scott and Dave Heywood really enjoyed their triumphant Grammys evening, but only so much. They knew they had to get right back to work, whittling down a list of over 50 songs they’d penned for the “Need You Now” followup. So they cleared their calendar and got down to business. Even though it would be all to easy to rest on “Need” laurels — the breakthrough disc sold five million copies, worldwide, and fired off three No. 1 singles, “American Honey,” “Our Kind Of Love” and the title track.

Stay tuned for upcoming tour dates at www.ladyantebellum.com.

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