They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but Lady Antebellum know they don’t tell the whole story. With their new single, “Pictures,” the much-loved country trio take an honest look at what lies beneath a pair of smiling faces.
Written by the band’s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott with Sarah Buxton and Corey Crowder, “Pictures” is the second single released from Lady A’s upcoming seventh album, due later this year. It’s got an easy-going melody and a light-hearted sound built on clean guitars and dobro, but it finds the band contemplating a darker theme. Namely, a relationship which was far from picture perfect — even if it looked that way on the surface.
“We live in a world right now, especially with social media, where everyone’s lives can look happy and pretty,” says the band’s Hillary Scott. “We wrote this song to reflect on the reality that things are more complex than that. As good as something might look in brief moments, there are so many layers to who people really are and what’s really going on. I love the juxtaposition of how this song’s lyrics dig in while feeling laid-back and groovy.”
Meanwhile, the band also shared a chill-bump inducing acoustic performance of track, showing off the rich three-part harmonies which have endeared them to fans for years.
“Pictures” follows up the band’s emotional previous single, “What If I Never Get Over You,” which will also be on the new album. They’ll be playing both of those tracks and all their hits as the summer tour season winds down — including during their return to Las Vegas for the final run of their Our Kind of Vegas residency, which gets back underway August 23.