Eric Paslay’s Musical Bond With Lady A

Eric’s song “Friday Night” was first cut by the trio.

photo by Rick Diamond/BMI

In all the years he has spent playing up and down Music Row, “Friday Night” hitmaker Eric Paslay has never once been mistaken for Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.

It must be that curly mess of red hair.

Yet there was a time, Eric tells Country Weekly, when he thought he at least sounded a bit like the Lady A frontman. “When we were first writing ‘Friday Night,’ I would always take the part of Charles,” says Eric with a laugh as he recalls the creation of his Top 10 hit, which was originally recorded by Lady Antebellum for their 2011 album, Own the Night. “We all sounded like everyone in the band. [‘Friday Night’ co-writers] Rose [Falcon] would take the part of Hillary [Scott] and Rob [Crosby] would take the part of Dave [Haywood], and it just sounded right. I think everyone was hoping it would end up being a single for Lady A, but it just never panned out.”

So, as the story goes, Eric did what every good songwriter has done once or twice before—he went in and recorded “Friday Night” himself.

“I totally thank Lady A for warming people up to the song,” explains Eric, whose self-titled debut album is set for release Feb. 4. “I think it’s cool that it has been shared on two different albums now. It was funny how, when people first heard my version on the radio, that they were all like, ‘I swear I have heard this before.’ It goes to show you that certain songs will always find a way of getting heard. Some songs just have a life of their own.”

Ultimately, “Friday Night” might just end up being known as the song that put Eric on the map. “The 11 songs that made the album were the ones that were always meant to be there,” he concludes. 

Watch this exclusive clip of Eric Paslay performing “Less Than Whole,” from his self titled debut album out Feb. 4. For more on Eric, pick up the Feb. 10 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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