Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley made his television debut as a solo artist on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. Kelley, along with Dierks Bentley and Eric Pasley, performed his highly-publicized new single, “The Driver”.
It’s rare to see Bentley sing backup for anyone these days, but the three artists’ talents combined to create an all-around stellar performance. Kelley has become known for his impressive stage presence over the years touring alongside his Lady A bandmates, so he seemed right at home sandwiched between two of country’s best talents.
Although not much has been heard from Kelley’s solo project outside of “The Driver,” he’ll be an artist to watch through 2016. His newly-announced headlining tour will likely sell out fast, between the buzz built around his lead single and his already strong fanbase from Lady Antebellum.
All in all, Kelley might be just what mainstream country needs. His easy-to-consume music still has substance and a lot of artistry, which will satisfy those country fans who are looking for something more authentic that lies outside of the bro-country spectrum.