Lady Antebellum is upping the sassy level on “Downtown,” the group’s first single from its forthcoming fourth studio album.

The song, written by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Natalie Hemby,  features Hillary Scott on lead. It's  a twangy, Americana, rootsy tune with a fun bluesy guitar lead that has more in common with Bonnie Raitt than Taylor Swift. It's a spare, airy production. Listen to it in full here.

Scott wants her boy to treat her right and take her downtown instead of acting like, well, a jerk.

“I’m only counting on your cancellation when I should be counting on you at my door,” she complains. And I’m pretty sure “downtown” has a few different interpretations here if you want to take it that way. It’s a little change of pace for Lady A.

The group will debut the track on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Jan. 28, one night before it tapes an episode of CMT’s “Crossroads” with Stevie Nicks. The trio will also perform the tune on CBS’s “The Talk” on Feb. 6.

No word on a release date on the new album yet, but it looks like Lady A is not slowing down at all during Scott's pregnancy other than cancelling a few dates right around the time she's due in late spring/early summer.


What do you think of the breezy "Downtown?"