By Shaunna Boyd
WHEATLAND, CA (MPG) – Lady Antebellum played at the Toyota Amphitheatre (2677 Forty Mile Road, Wheatland, CA 95692) on Thursday, June 25th as part of their Wheels Up 2015 Tour. Lady Antebellum headlined the show, with Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt in the lineup.
Lady Antebellum has been playing together for almost nine years; this August will mark the ninth anniversary of their very first show together. In an interview with Messenger Publishing Group, Hillary Scott described the friendship that anchors the band as “a real summer camp vibe.” Scott explained that she and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood grew up watching VH1’s Behind the Music, so they were very familiar with the all-too-typical story of successful bands breaking up over petty arguments and egotistical posturing. “So we just learned how to talk to each other, to compromise,” said Scott.
When Scott, Kelley, and Haywood began writing songs together, Scott said, “It was like I had met my musical best friends, my brothers.”
After nine years of performing together, Scott said, “We’ve grown up together. … When we started, none of us were married, we didn’t have any kids. … There have been a lot of life changes. My husband, Chris, is the drummer now, and our little girl is with us every weekend for the shows that we do. We have a much bigger traveling crew. With every milestone, everything becomes clear, and it’s all sweeter because we built our family together. It makes the really hard, long days not as hard because our families are together. We get to call this our work, our job, which is weird because it doesn’t feel that way—it’s our dream.”
Scott attributes their success to their passion for the work, explaining, “It’s all about work ethic. You must be willing to work hard, harder than everyone else. And you have to put yourself in the right places. … The center of whatever you’re passionate about is where you need to be. And you need to know that there’s always more to learn, you can always learn something new from anyone you meet, whether it’s what to do or what not to do; you have to push yourself to grow.”
Over all these years together, after many albums and a variety of accolades, Scott still likes to look back at the path they have all traveled together: “It’s fun to look back; it’s like going back and reading an old diary or journal. We pour our own lives into these albums, into these songs, so it’s like traveling down memory lane and seeing where we were in our lives. It’s good to look back at where you’ve come from; it gives you the clarity to see where you can go.”
Lady Antebellum views their upcoming show as an opportunity to have fun and make a memory with everyone in the audience. Don’t miss your chance to be part of that memory. For tickets and more information, please visit www.ladyantebellum.com.