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GAC introduces Lady Antebellum

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 – The story behind Lady Antebellum will appear on GAC's newest series, Introducing..., which premieres Thursday, March 20 at 8:30 p.m. eastn.

Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley met in middle school where they were musicians in "rival" bands. Upon meeting again in college, the two began making music together. Post-graduation Haywood tried his hand at a regular nine-to-five job but after finding it didn't meet his expectations, he gave in to his Kelley's persisting encouragement to move to Nashville to make music.

A few months later, Hillary Scott saw Kelley at a local hangout and recognized him from his MySpace page (she had discovered his music through his brother Josh's page) and walked right up to introduce herself. She suggested they get together to write some songs. Her new addition to Haywood and Kelley's songwriting efforts resulted in the duo becoming a trio.

"We were playing shows every two weeks for about two months at a club ,and we didn't plan on having a lot of industry people coming to our shows," recalled Haywood. "A few industry people came the first time - not many - then more came and before we knew it, we had a room full of people from Music Row. Finally, Mike Dungan with Capitol saw us, really dug us and brought us in to talk. So we kinda landed the deal that way."

Adds Scott, "It was a crazy time because we were just playing to play and continuing to write songs and hang out. And when that happened, we welcomed it with open arms. You never think that just by meeting someone out one night in Nashville that something like this can happen."

Their debut is due in mid-April on Capitol Nashville.

The GAC show will include the trio shooting a video, being in the studio, touring with Martina McBride and performing at the Grand Ole Opry.

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Heart Break CD review - Heart Break
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747 CD review - 747
Six albums into its career, Lady Antebellum pretty much has the formula down pat. Either Hillary Scott or long and lanky Charles Kelley assumes lead vocals with Dave Haywood also providing vocals plus guitars and mandolin in a bunch of songs easy on the ears with a story often involving a lust for love. The typical song ("Lie With Me," for example) starts with Kelly or Scott taking a stanza, followed by the other with both then tackling the chorus together. This has worked quite well »»»
Golden CD review - Golden
Lady Antebellum probably needed a change in direction after "Own the Night" dropped in 2011. The material was overly geared towards taking dead aim at the radio jugular and not the best material. That isn't the case this time out on the trio's fifth release because most of the songs veer away from being obviously radio fodder (except for the current singleDowntown with its soulful beginning and strong vocals from Hillary Scott), but that also doesn't man that this was the right change. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow – Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well. Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
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