So, back in the music saddle again, headed to San Jose for a concert by Lady Antebellum. For those uninvolved, or uninitiated, Lady A is a pop country music group from Nashville. Formed in 2006, the trio includes Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals), and Dave Haywood (background vocals, keyboard, guitar, and mandolin).
Their debut occurred in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brinkman’s single, “Never Alone”. They signed with Capitol Records Nashville and released “Love Don’t Live Here”, shortly after. By May 2008, they reached Number 3 on the Hot Country Songs Chart. It served as a single to their first album, which went Platinum in the United States.
“I Run to You” was their first number one hit in July 2009, also from their debut album. “Need You Now” was released in August 2009 and was the first single off of their new album released in January 2010. It also became the group’s second number one hit. “American Honey”, the second single from Need You Now became their fourth Top Ten single, as well as their third Number One hit. In September 2011, their third album, “Own the Night” was released.
Lady Antebellum won Top New Duo or Group by the Academy of Country Music, and New Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2008. It is hard to believe their rapid rise on the country and pop music scene. They were nominated for two Grammys in both the 51st and 52nd Grammy Awards. They won the award for best country performance with “I Run to You”. Along came many other awards, topped by “Best Country Album” at the 54th Grammy Awards. Hillary Scott is the daughter of country music singer, Linda Davis. Charles Kelley is the brother of pop and country artist, Josh Kelley. It was Kelley and Haywood writing music, and asking Scott to join them in a band named Lady Antebellum. The name of the group came when the group was photographing antebellum homes. They adopted the name shortly thereafter. On top of it all, Hillary Scott claimed to have been rejected by American Idol twice, not making it past the first round. Just goes to show you what Simon Know-it-all knows.
Fast forward to the present. In May 2011, they released the first single from their upcoming album, “Just A Kiss”. They performed it on the American Idol show on May 5, 2011. Shortly after, they announced the title of their third album, “Own the Night”. They won the Grammy in 2012 for Best Country Album. The San Jose stop is part of the “Own the Night” World Tour 2012 with Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish fame), and Thompson Square at the HP Pavilion. On April 2, they will perform with Lionel Ritchie at the MGM Grand following the 47th ACM Awards. Now, that would be the place to be, Frank. Also included are Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBryde, and Luke Bryan, among others.
I have seen a few twangers in my day, Glen Campbell, Mac Davis, Johnny Trash, Twavis Twitt, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Oak Ridge Boys. I must have been totally soused, or had to take clients who begged to go. At this point, many of you are wondering how I got interested in a “country music” group. I would say my friend, Sian, has steered me slowly in this direction. Generally, this genre is not my thing, but Lady A seems to crossover into pop and adult contempo quite easily. They are not twangy or syrupy. Nobody lost their horse or their girlfriend. The poor Pa did not lose his farm, and the car did not break down on the way to the hospital.