Lady Antebellum whirlwind tour to stop in Augusta

Lady Antebellum performed "Wanted You More" on the season finale of "The Voice."
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To say that Lady Ante­bellum has been busy is an understatement. Their tours have taken them across the Atlantic, and they have been seen on TV screens through appearances on shows like NBC’s The Voice and Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show.

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It was announced Monday that Lady A will perform at the 2012 CMT Music Awards show June 6 in Nashville, Tenn.

But their sojourns will bring them back to an eager hometown crowd with two shows – May 22 (which is already sold out) and May 23 – at James Brown Arena.

Fans haven’t had to wait long to see Lady A again. They performed here Oct. 28 at Evans Towne Center Park when the new pavilion was named to honor the hometown connection of band members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, who graduated from Lakeside High School.

The trio, which is rounded out by Nashville, Tenn., native and co-lead singer Hillary Scott, also made a stop in November 2010 on its Need You Now Tour and added a lunch-break acoustic concert to benefit the Medical College of Georgia’s Children’s Medical Center.

Earlier this month, the band released its latest single, Wanted You More, off the Grammy-winning third album Own the Night. The song debuted on the season finale of The Voice.

According to materials released by the band’s publicists, one of the group’s daily sound checks on tour sparked the tune’s melody.

“One of the added benefits of being out on the road so much is the time it gives us during the day to write,” Haywood said in a news release. “The three of us love writing together, but it’s always special when something starts organically with the guys in our band.”

With criss-crossing the country during the first few hectic weeks of May, the band was unavailable for an interview with The Augusta Chronicle.

Besides appearances on The Voice and Anderson Cooper’s show, they also stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on NBC and ABC’s The View earlier in the month.

During their travels, they also stopped to support the Rebuilding Henryville Charity Ball, an event to help the town of Henryville, Ind., which was devastated by tornadoes in March.

After triumphing at the 2012 Grammys with Own the Night winning the best country album award, they’ve received four nominations for the Billboard Music Awards, including top duo/group, top country artist, top country song with Just a Kiss and top country album with Own the Night.

And it’s been a great year of personal note for Haywood, who married Kelli Cashiola on April 14 in Nashville, Tenn., and Scott who wed drummer Chris Tyrrell on Jan. 7.

Thompson Square, the duo of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, is supporting the band during their stop in Augusta and throughout the tour. Their sound is an area where country meets rock, and they were nominated last year for 14 music industry awards, including the American Music Awards, the CMA Awards and CMT Music Awards.

Darius Rucker is also appearing with Lady A on select dates outside of the Augusta shows.

After their American tour dates, Lady A will venture to Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway, wrapping up with a July 27 show in Stockholm, Sweden.

IN CONCERT

WHO: Lady Antebellum

WHEN: 7 p.m. May 22 (sold out) and May 23; doors open 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: James Brown Arena, 601 7th St.

TICKETS: $49.50; www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com, (877) 428-4849 or (877) 4AUGTIX


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