Country act Lady Antebellum knows its strengths and they're on display at a tight, focused show at Troubadour.
That's why Thursday night at the Troubadour, Hillary Scott introduced “Dancin' Away With My Heart” as “a really sweet, sentimental song.” And why Charles Kelley said “Singing Me Home” had “a Motown feel.” The group's deep self-knowledge is also what drove Kelley to refer to “Love Don't Live Here” as the first single Lady Antebellum sent to country radio, a typically clinical characterization from a songwriter who values positioning and perception no less than melody and lyrics.
So what on earth was Kelley talking about when he described the vibe at the Troubadour as “very loose”? Thursday's concert was the final stop on a brief small-venue tour pegged to the release earlier this week of Lady Antebellum's new album, “Own the Night.” (“Own the Night: Unplugged” was the official billing, which explained how so many stools ended up onstage.) But even though the show offered an exceptionally intimate look at this Grammy-winning trio, there was nothing untidy about the group's hour-long performance.