Why they’re extra special
Lady Antebellum consists of Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, who grew up in Columbia County, as well as Hillary Scott of Nashville, Tenn.
Own The Night, the trio’s third CD, had its debut in the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Top 200 chart of all kinds of albums.
The group’s current single off that album, We Owned The Night, follows the album’s first single release, Just A Kiss, which became their fifth No. 1 single hit.
So close, and yet …
Country trio Lady Antebellum played to a sold-out James Brown Arena almost a year ago and perform locally again Friday.
Only a few thousand fans were lucky enough to get a ticket for the special acoustic concert to mark the dedication of Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Town Center Park.
You might not have a ticket for this one, but Keela Colombraro, Columbia County’s community events specialist, says that because the pavilion is an open-air venue they expect to see some fans hanging around the perimeter to hear the music.
“We talked about blocking the road or prohibiting people from parking nearby, or walking, but we want it to have a nice community feel, so we’re not going to stop them,” Colombraro said. “A lot of people may just be out walking or something, and they may stop to listen, and that’s fine.”
You might get another chance
Lady A already has another stop in Augusta scheduled – May 22, 2012. The Augusta stop on the second leg of their Own The Night tour was announced Oct. 17 by the group’s publicity company, The Green Room. The venue and the date tickets go on sale was not announced, but it is expected the trio will return to James Brown Arena. Opening for them will be country artist Darius Rucker and husband-wife duo Thompson Square.
What fans are saying
“I can’t stop crying, I’ve been here for two days, and I can’t believe I finally got them. The first time I heard their CD I fell in love with them. … I know every song.” – Tammy Zabenko, with tickets on Oct. 1
“I was talking to the lady behind the counter at the lodge, and she was a Lady Antebellum fan. I told her I had something to brag about because I can drive a few minutes and be right at the high school where they went; she was jealous of that.” – Robert Elliott, admitting this week he’d been a boastful fan while vacationing in North Carolina
“I’ve actually known the Kelleys for a long time. I was one of their babysitters growing up. … I haven’t seen them in years, so they probably wouldn’t even remember me, because they were toddlers. But, I’ve followed them.” – Julie Buchanan, who said the concert is on her birthday
- Check out Lady A Television at www.ladyantebellum.com to watch behind-the-scenes happenings with the band.
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star - www.ttlrs.com - the creators of lullaby versions of many rock, pop, metal and country music hits, has just released a Lady Antebellum album. It includes Just A Kiss and other hits so even the littlest family member can be a fan.
- In December 2006, Lady Antebellum performed at the Blue Horse Music Hall at 985 Broad St. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $12 at the door. This was before their major label recording contract. Charles Kelley told The Chronicle, “We’ve been playing these showcases, and what started as maybe 60 people in the audience has grown to more than 200. That tells you that we’re on the right track.”
- On Nov. 9, Lady A will perform live on the Country Music Association Awards show on ABC.