Lady Antebellum is the band of the land right now. The country trio’s latest album, “Need You Now,” is huge. So far, it’s the biggest album of 2010 and the title track has crossed over into mainstream pop, heading toward No. 1.
Lady Antebellum is the band of the land right now.
The country trio’s latest album, “Need You Now,” is huge. So far, it’s the biggest album of 2010 and the title track has crossed over into mainstream pop, heading toward No. 1.
I haven’t been this excited about a country act since the Dixie Chicks busted out with “Wide Open Spaces” in 1998. This is another band destined for bigger and better things. Vocalists Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott and guitarist Dave Haywood are good. Their performance of “Need You Now” at the Grammys was one of the best of the night.
Hillary Scott’s mother is country singer Linda Davis, who in 1994 won a Grammy for her duet of “Does He Love You” with Reba McEntire.
I had the luxury of meeting Davis in 1998. I never dreamed that her preteen daughter, running around the record store in Huntington, Ind., would grow up to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Scott and her fellow band members took home the Grammy a few weeks back for the third hit single, “I Run To You,” from their multiplatinum self-titled debut album.
It appears the band has been a much-deserved roll, too. In November, Lady Antebellum did the unthinkable, at least to Rascal Flatts fans, dethroning country’s golden boys to take home the CMA for Group of the Year.
I was so happy to see them win something for the great work they had achieved, but maybe even more so for the fact they were recognized over Rascal Flatts and Sugarland.
“Need You Now,” the single, has already topped the country singles chart, but now it’s a massive pop hit, at No. 2 on Billboard. I’d bet their performance on the Grammys triggered the interest, which may have also led to the album debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 200, a feat not often achieved by a country artist.
I've liked this band since the onset, but my interest has grown. I was eager to hear the new material and to see just where this group might be going.
“Need You Now” opens the 11-track set, which was cause to crank up the stereo volume. “Our Kind Of Love” followed, and my volume level stayed put. I liked what I was hearing. “American Honey” came next and it was an obvious choice for the trio’s next single. This is definitely a band to watch.
Other songs worth a shot include “Ready To Love Again,” “Love This Pain,” “When You Got A Good Thing,” and “Stars Tonight” – or as I’ll say… “stars tonight, tomorrow and the next day.
Lady Antebellum is going to be around for a long time.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at email@example.com.