Lady Antebellum thanks city twice

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

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Lady Antebellum plays for a sold-out house at James Brown Arena. The Monday night show was the trio's second of the day.   ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Lady Antebellum plays for a sold-out house at James Brown Arena. The Monday night show was the trio's second of the day.

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.

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agrit 11/16/10 - 08:36 am
They ROCKED last night!!!

They ROCKED last night!!! Who better to put Augusta on the map than these young people!!

strib1 11/16/10 - 09:14 am
one of the better groups in

one of the better groups in country music.. most country now is hard for me to lissten to. good job!!!fred in sc

LynxRHot 11/16/10 - 11:12 am
They should have played 2

They should have played 2 nights in a row. The tickets sold out too fast!!! So many people wanted to attend......they could have easily sold out 2 concerts (not just the smaller one they had at the Bell Audt.)

RogueKnight 11/17/10 - 01:14 pm
I agree with LynxRHot. I

I agree with LynxRHot. I would have loved to have attended the JBA show, but I was fortunate enough to get a last minute hook up on a ticket for the noon time acoustic set at the Bell. I really enjoyed it, even though it was a very brief set. I'm very happy for our hometown boys who have made it big in an industry that typically chews up and spits out people who are looking to make it big in the music business. Hillary is a chip off the old block, too. I remember hearing her mother (Linda Davis) sing with Reba McIntyre in the JBA a couple times. Please come back soon, Lady A. God bless y'all.

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