Lady A’s First Night At The Ryman

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Though Lady Antebellum is one of the hottest groups in music right now, with a Grammy win, recent appearances on Oprah, The Today Show, and The Late Show With David Letterman, the trio kept their first night of their two-night string of headlining shows at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville fairly low-key. See Photos of Lady A at the Ryman

Coming onstage to introduce opening acts, Josh Kelley and Randy Montana, the group's Hillary Scott said, ""I've known this guy since I went to high school with him. We're both second generation singers." (Randy is the son of singer-songwriter Billy Montana, while Hillary is the daughter of Linda Davis.) Meanwhile, the group's Charles Kelley introduced his older brother Josh, who will be releasing an album soon.

After Josh and Randy each did a three-song set, Lady Antebellum opened their show with "Stars Tonight" the trio's first hit, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore,"  and an aptly titled track from their latest album, "Perfect Day."

"There's a lot of history on this stage and we're honored to be here," Hillary told the audience as she thanked friends, family and fans for joining them. "We thought we just had to do something special for you tonight while we are playing here." The trio then gathered around one mic, along with their band, including an upright bass player and an accordion player, to sing "Lost Highway." The trio then brought out stools to sing the first tune they ever wrote together, "All We'd Ever Need."

They then delighted the crowd as they ran through their hits  "Run To You," "Lookin' for a Good Time," "American Honey," "Need You Now," and a surprising cover of Tom Petty's "Last Dance With Mary Jane." Their encore, "Hello World," included a string section.

Country Weekly caught up with Lady Antebellum at a press conference prior to the show, where they talked about their exciting year, touring with Tim McGraw, and some Academy of Country Music Awards predictions.

As they prepared for the evening's show, Hilary said, “There are definite nerves, but at the same time I was born and raised here in Nashville. Charles and Dave have been here many years, so it’s home. It’s good to be home and know that we will see so many familiar faces in the crowd. There’s definitely nerves that always come with that when there’s an industry crowd, but we are going to focus on the fans and playing our music and putting on a great show, and then go home and sleep in our own beds."

"We haven’t actually played a headlining show here in Nashville for two or three years," the group's Dave Haywood chimed in. "We’ve never done a full headlinging show since before we got our record deal. So we get to play for the hometown crowd. We’ve been wanting to do that for a while.”

While the trio is excited about their amazing seven ACM nominations, Charles Kelley was quick to make one prediction: "I will put money that Miranda takes home album of the year for Revolution. That’s the best record to come out in last five years."

With such a successful year, the trio says they still have several goals, and performing on a certain popular TV show is one of them. "Saturday Night Live," says Charles. "Definitely SNL," confirms Dave.

"I think being backstage and having conversations with those actors who are so hysterical in their timing would be a lot of fun. If a Golden Girl can do it, Lady A can do it," says Hillary, referring to actress Betty White being invited to be on SNL.

The trio also says that touring with Tim McGraw is a dream opening slot.  "We couldn't have scripted it any better," Charles says. "Tim McGraw was one of the first country artist that I really got into when I was younger. To be opening up for him is one of those full-circle things."

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