I’ve added photos from the 48th Annual CMA Awards last night. Lady Antebellum didn’t come away with any awards, but they did perform Bartender and at the end Hillary joined The Doobie Brothers, Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, and Thomas Rhett for a performace of Listen To The Music. Thanks to Holly and Gabby for donating photos.
Here’s the first look of Lady Antebellum at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Check back later for pictures.
– Award Shows > 2014 > 11/05/14 – 48th Annual CMA Awards – Arrivals
It’s CMA week and the members of Lady Antebellum are making their normal rounds before the ceremony. On (November 02, 2014) Hillary attended the first of six monthly concerts called Sam’s Place – Music For The Spirit at Ryman Auditorium, she then, attended the SESAC Awards in which she was among the winners for Most Performed Song Of The Year for Bartender. On (November 03) Charles and Dave along with their wives attended the ASCAP Country Music Awards. High quality photos have been added to the gallery from each event.
– Appearances & Events > 2014 > 11/02/14 – Sam’s Place – Music For The Spirit – Backstage
– Appearances & Events > 2014 > 11/02/14 – Sam’s Place – Music For The Spirit – Show
– Award Shows > 2014 > 11/02/14 – 2014 SESAC Nashville Awards – Arrivals
– Award Shows > 2014 > 11/02/14 – 2014 SESAC Nashville Awards – Inside
– Award Shows > 2014 > 11/03/14 – 52nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards – Arrivals
Rolling Stone — We’re the most rock & roll band in the universe right now,” proclaimed Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley sarcastically as he, dressed as a human beer barrel complete with beer stein headpiece, performed an acoustic version of the band’s chart-topping single “Bartender” at the song’s Halloween-themed Number One party Wednesday. At the City Winery in Nashville alongside bandmates Hillary Scott (in a glitter tophat) and Dave Haywood (sporting a shirtless version of Kelley’s outfit, with an additional mullet wig and glasses) as well as Scott’s young daughter, Eisele, in a pig costume, it certainly wasn’t the most rebellious, guitar-smashing moment in history. But the trio has been pushing boundaries of late — if not this very moment.
“We wanted the first two singles to be complete left turns,” a pre-costumed Kelley told Rolling Stone Country in an exclusive chat about “Bartender,” which topped the Country Airplay chart, and its wild follow-up single, “Freestyle.” “We had songs like those before, like ‘Love Don’t Live Here,’ but we’d kind of gotten away from it, and thought it was time to reel it back and inject more fun.”
“In the live show environment,” added Scott, “everything is outdoor, festival culture. So fun, uptempo songs are what people are gravitating towards.” The trio, who will preform at next week’s CMA Awards and have a shot at the Vocal Group of the Year trophy, will announce plans for their world tour soon — and their newfound, freewheeling spirit has transformed the band that came to prominence by belting booty-call ballads into one fit for dancing (it’s a quarter after one… and I’ll see you at the club!). So in a county environment that favors party anthems, did they feel pressure to turn it up a notch?
“Maybe,” Kelley answers, “But what we kept saying when we went in to record was that we didn’t want to follow any trends — but we did want to stay relevant. And how can you we stay relevant on our own terms and also stay true to the band?”
On 747, there are those moments — namely the power-ballad title track and introspective love song “One Great Mystery,” which Kelley assures will be the tone of the next single. “I pretty much can guarantee that the next one we put out will have a little bit more meat to it,” he says.
The trends they have embraced on this record — pop lines, aggressive beats — are hot enough topics on the country landscape, as artists like Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt toy with genre boundaries at the same time Sturgill Simpson erects them back up, and Taylor Swift flees Nashville for New York. But they’ve been victims of the “are they country enough” conversation for years, since their breakthrough single “Need You Now” took the Grammy Awards and the charts by storm.
“Since the beginning of country,” says Kelley, “they were debating on Kenny Rogers being too pop and then Rascal Flatts, too, but now you listen to Rascal Flatts and they sound like traditional country. In order for us as country artists to not be replicating the past and sound like we’re just piggy backing, we have to constantly push ourselves. And so the genre, just naturally, will always evolve.”
For all its playfulness, “Bartender,” co-written with Rodney Clawson, does infuse traditional country instrumentation — a core element of everything Lady Antebellum does, often led by Haywood’s vision. “We always like to have a steel guitar or a mandolin or banjo in there,” he said. “It’s always been our sound.”
“It doesn’t mean there isn’t always room for your George Straits and Josh Turners,” added Kelley before the band was whisked away to change into their costumes for the plaque presentation, “but there will be extremes all around. Genre lines are blurring.”
The Tennessean — Lady Antebellum is not beating around the bush when it comes to their vocal group of the year nomination at the 48th annual CMA Awards — members want that trophy.
The CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena 7 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.
“It would be a big pat on the back if we could win that award again,” said trio member Charles Kelley. Lady Antebellum won vocal group of the year at the awards show in 2009, 2010 and 2011. “We’ve worked really hard, and I think that’s why (‘Bartender’ going) No. 1 is so sweet, because we really did have to push the reset button.”
Members made an effort to re-energize their sound and pick up the pace of the music on their new album, “747,” from which “Bartender” was the first single. The song’s success, which they celebrated Wednesday at City Winery, tells members their decision was the right one.
“I think after taking a little bit of a break and coming back, going out on tour and writing on that tour and then having the first single do so well, it was just a big pat on the back and encouragement that we were headed in the right direction,” said trio member Hillary Scott.
Lady Antebellum will play “Bartender” on the awards show. Scott said this year will make the seventh time the group has attended the awards show and that she remembers the first time they performed at the event “like it was yesterday.”
“I was so nervous, and it was a huge moment for us,” she said, remembering they
sang “Love Don’t Live Here.” “To be able to actually step up there and perform was really amazing.”
Country Weekly — The celebration for Lady Antebellum’s latest chart-topper, “Bartender,” couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for the trio, as they threw a Halloween-themed party Wednesday (Oct. 29).
The family-appropriate event, held at City Winery, had partygoers pulling out fun costumes and dressing up their little ones as well. Of course Lady A’s Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood didn’t disappoint with their attire. Even Hillary’s little one—daughter Eisele, 15 months—got in on the fun, dressed as the cutest little piggy in the room.
After mingling throughout the crowd, Hillary, Charles, Dave and their co-writer on “Bartender,” Rodney Clawson (sporting a gorilla mask), took the stage, where they were given various plaques and trophies for the song’s success.
“I want to brag on Dave a lot for this song,” Charles said from the stage. “We wanted to make this our most energetic record to date, and he is a workaholic. He went home with a pregnant wife and found time between all this stuff to come up with these amazing riffs. It’s been a while since we’ve written one of our No. 1 singles, so we appreciate it!”
“Thank you to everyone for standing by us and letting us do what we love,” added Hillary while bouncing Eisele on her hip.
Before turning everyone loose, Lady Antebellum and Rodney gave out one last treat—a live performance of “Bartender.”
Yesterday (October 24) Lady Antebellum was in Los Angles, California to perform at CBS Radio’s 2nd Annual We Can Survive Benefit Concert at The Hollywood Bowl. I have added 78 high quality photos from the event to the gallery. Enjoy!
– Appearances & Events > 2014 > 10/24/14 – We Can Survive Benefit Concert – Show
– Appearances & Events > 2014 > 10/24/14 – We Can Survive Benefit Concert – Backstage
Last week I added 14 high quality photos of Charles, Hillary, and Dave at the “Best Of Me” press conference in Los Angeles, California on (October 06, 2014) to the gallery. Thanks so much to DarrenCrissWeb.Net for getting us the photos!
It’s greatly appreciated!
– Appearances & Events > 2014 > 10/06/14 – “Best Of Me” Press Conference