The year in review: Lady Antebellum remembers Columbia County ties

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Columbia County isn’t exactly known as a music mecca, but its two favorite sons – and adopted daughter – tried to change that in 2011.

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Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott (from left), Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood perform in October. The trio will return to Augusta in May.  Jim Blaylock/File
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Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott (from left), Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood perform in October. The trio will return to Augusta in May.

Featuring native sons Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood, Lady Antebellum crossed over into superstardom this year with numerous Grammys and Country Music Awards but one of the country’s hottest musical group’s didn’t forget its local roots. The trio, which also features bandmate Hillary Scott, performed Oct. 28 at Evans Town Center Park and the new pavilion named to honor the hometown connection of Kelly and Haywood, who graduated from Lakeside High School.

They will return to the Augusta area next year for shows on May 22 and 23 at James Brown Arena.

The group’s crossover ballad Need You Now captured record and song of the year at the Grammy Awards in February to put them in supergroup status.

The trio added to its collection two months later when it won three Acad­emy of County Music Awards, including album of the year and top vocal group.

Lady A’s popularity locally showed when announcements of its concerts drew long lines of fans camping out to make sure they secured a ticket.

Patrick Richardson, who made sure he was first in line to buy tickets at the Columbia County Library for the group’s Oct. 28 concert by camping out three days before they went on sale, summed up the feelings of many fans.

“There are only 3,100 tickets and you can only buy four,” said the Evans resident. “If everybody buys four, that’s only 775 people getting tickets. … I knew I couldn’t take any chances.”

ABOUT THE SERIES

The Augusta Chronicle looks back at the big stories in 2011.

SATURDAY: The Augusta State men’s golf team showed its 2010 national title wasn’t a fluke.

TODAY: Lady Antebellum didn’t forget its local ties.

MONDAY: The Augusta Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse, the Kroc Center and Costco opened.

TUESDAY: City Administrator Fred Russell managed to survive controversy.

WEDNESDAY: Richmond County Superintendent Frank Roberson missed the first half of the school year after emergency brain surgery.

THURSDAY: Suspensions and retirements of top officials made for an eventful year at the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department.

FRIDAY: Former Columbia County Commissioner Scott Dean was convicted of child molestation.

SATURDAY: Two area lawmen – Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy James D. Paugh and Aiken Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson – were killed in the line of duty.


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