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Last Friday, Bucky Covington fans got a nice little surprise at his show at WILD BILL’S in Duluth, Georgia when Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley came on stage. Charles and Hillary dropped in after their “Own The Night” tour stop at the Gwinnett Center to join Bucky in covering John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good” at the end of his set.
Photo Credit: Dan Harr/MusicNewsNashville.com
Josh Kelley quickly became one of my favorite people to interview in our phone call a few minutes ago. After apologizing for calling early, we joked around about how it’s normal in the business to be late for interviews.
Josh called us from Las Vegas with the boys staring at him during load out, and right before he was going to head into a tattoo studio. Josh updated us on his career, if his brother has gotten on his nerves yet on the Lady Antebellum tour, why Blake Shelton is a liar, news on his next single and music video, details on his new “soulful” record, and about the tattoo he’s getting tonight for his daughter and wife. Read our exclusive, and entertaining, interview with Josh Kelley below:
Great news, country fans… Lady A is extending their Take Me Downtown Tour!
With approximately 36 new dates added, that brings the trek to about 80 cities. The tour will now run throughout the summer with the next leg beginning on March 22 in Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion.
The trio is excited to bring the show to more fans and give it their all every night. “The energy from the crowds on opening weekend was like a drug…it was totally intoxicating,” said Charles Kelley. “It felt so unbelievable to be back on stage together, and each night was better than the last. We’re going on to North Dakota this weekend and from now through the summer amphitheater shows, we’re going to try and raise the bar night after night.”
Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves are currently out on the road with Lady A, and will continue on for the early summer shows. A combination of Billy Currington, David Nail and Joe Nichols will open for the remainder of the new dates.
TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR 2014 North American Summer Dates:
Lady Antebellum is hitting the road with Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves beginning January 10th, and the award-winning trio of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood have posted a video to YouTube giving fans a sneak peek at the upcoming 2014 Take Me Downtown Tour.
Get your glimpse into Lady A’s North American tour here:
Welcome to another entertaining installment of Celebs Tweet the Darnedest Things! Without further ado, we present to you the recent tweets that made us laugh, message each other, laugh some more, and hit “favorite” to preserve the tweets for today’s edition!
The 7th annual Academy of Country Music Honors has announced additional performers and presenters for the special evening. Dierks Bentley will return once again to host the non-televised event. Tickets are still available for $40 through the Ryman Box Office or ticketmaster.com.
Performances and musical tributes will be performed by Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square, Chris Young, Kree Harrison, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Big & Rich, the Mavericks, and MORE!
The special awards recipients of the evening are as follows:
Special Awards recipients:
MBI (Musician/Bandleader/Instrumentalist) Award Winners:
Industry Award Winners:
Songwriter of the Year Winner:
As part of After MidNite’s 20th anniversary celebration, Country music stars Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Craig Morgan and Chris Young will take over hosting duties for After MidNite in September. Each artist will sit behind the mic and give fans their unique, week-long take as host of the program. The 20-week takeover, which began on August 1 and runs through the end of 2013, also features special guest appearances, interviews and much more.
Below is the guest host schedule for September:
Craig Morgan – September 2 – 8
Dierks Bentley – September 9 – 15
Justin Moore – September 16 – 22
Chris Young – September 23 – 29
The celebrity takeover kicked off in August with Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, and Jake Owen. Additional hosts will be announced in the near future.
With popular radio host Blair Garner leaving his spot on the show he created “After Midnite,” some of country music’s brightest stars will be filling in. Blair will be moving on to a brand new spot with New York City’s NASHFM. His final program date is July 31st for “After Midnite.”
Stars booked to perform fill-in duties throughout the month of August include Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. The artists will take over for a week each through August. There will be a new host announced in August.
Blair will be hosting the morning show on NASHFM. Will you be tuning in?
Two members of Lady Antebellum took time off of their busy schedules to visit patients at Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York as part of Musicians On Call (MOC). Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley gave an intimate performance which included their own songs, and some favorite kid-friendly tunes. Their acoustic set was broadcast on Mount Sinai’s KidZone TV, and they answered questions from the children in attendance. The group also made a donation to LadyAID, their charity, and MOC. LadyAID is their foundation, which was founded to raise awareness and generate support for the plight of children locally, nationally, and globally who cannot help themselves.
After their performance, Dave and Charles visited children at their bedsides in the pediatric unit who were unable to attend the performance. Check out the pictures below of their performance and let us know what you think of their new album “Golden” which was released earlier this week.
It might be hard to believe, but country super-trio Lady Antebellum has the fastest charting song of their career with “Downtown.” The GRAMMY-winning group’s single has taken over the top spots on Billboard and Mediabase country charts, while also selling more than 500,000 copes digitally since its release – giving them a RIAA-certified gold single. “Downtown” has already spent the last two weeks at number one here in Canada.
The lead single from their upcoming album “Golden” has been huge out of the gate. The fun, groovy-tune reminds them of their previous single “American Honey,” explains Charles Kelley:
“Most of what the world has seen from Hillary from a radio single standpoint is this very sweet kind of style like ‘American Honey. But, she’s got a lot of sass and a lot of grit to her voice, too, so it’s been really fun to bring that out of her and have this kind of support from our fans and radio.”
Make sure to tune in this week to The Voice on NBC to catch Hillary Scott acting as a mentor to team Adam for the Battle Rounds. Have you been watching The Voice this season? Which team do you think has the best chance to win this year?