Lady Antebellum thanks city twice

Thunderous applause from a sold-out arena of cowboy boot-clad fans welcomed two Augusta natives back to where they started it all.


Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, of country music group Lady Antebellum, said it felt good to be back home.

"I see a lot of familiar faces -- a blast from the past," Kelley said as he looked out into the crowd Monday evening.

The men gave a shoutout to the members of the audience from their alma mater, Lakeside High School, members of their church and most important, their families.

"I'm not even going to look at my family over there or I'll start crying," Haywood said.

The group entered the stage to their smash hit, I Run to You , from their self-titled album in 2008 and then immediately followed with Stars Tonight from their 2010 three-times-platinum album Need You Now .

But it was the No. 1 hit songs, including American Honey and Need You Now , that brought the crowd to its feet.

The opening artist, David Nail, said he could only imagine what the two Augusta artists must be feeling.

He referenced Augusta several times as the home of the Masters and James Brown, but said by the looks of the crowd it would most likely also be named "the home of Lady Antebellum."

Five days ago, Lady Antebellum was on stage in Nashville, Tenn., during the Country Music Association awards, where it won for vocal group and single of the year.