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Lady Antebellum – Self Titled Debut CD

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum – Lady Antebellum (Release Date: April 15, 2008)

Not only is Mariah Carey’s CD E=MC2 coming out on April 15, 2008, but a highly-anticipated debut album by Lady Antebellum will be released. It may only be highly-anticipated by me, but I feel like I have been waiting years for this practically perfect album.

The band is made up of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood. Charles Kelley is the younger brother of Josh Kelley (recording artist and husband of Katherine Heigl), Hillary Scott is the daughter of Linda Davis (most known (by me) for her duet with Reba McEntire “Does He Love You”), and Dave Haywood is a true musician (not sure of connections).

I have been listening to Charles’ solo CDs for a few years now and when I heard that he dropped the solo biz, I was disappointed. Come to find he was forming a new band with Hillary and Dave and persuing the country business. What a great choice! I stalked their Myspace page and loved the live clips and demos that were posted. When Jim Brickman chose them to sing his song “NEVER ALONE” I was stoked. What a great song to add to his collection. Now, well, April 15th, here they are spreading their music around the country.

This is one of those albums that you can listen to from beginning to end and then press repeat cause you loved a certain track. There are great songs where Charles takes lead, then some where Hillary takes lead. Dave always harmonizes and plays a million instruments. Where they stand out is when Hillary and Charles duet on tracks such as I RUN TO YOU and ALL WE’D EVER NEED. The uptempo songs are very enjoyable such as the lead single, LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE and LOOKIN’ FOR A GOOD TIME shows their playful side.

I recommend this CD to anyone, even those who don’t particularly like country music. Nashville is taking the world by storm. Lets put these folks on the map. ENJOY


Billboard.com gave a fantastic review and I couldn’t agree more.

“Not only is this one of the best new-artist debuts in recent memory (think Dixie Chicks in 1998), Lady Antebellum’s self-titled set will go down as one of the year’s best, period. The singing/songwriting combination of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood is fresh and mature. The trio’s unique vocal arrangement—Kelley’s blue-eyed soul leads on some songs, Scott effortlessly leads on others, and the two also duet—sets them apart. “Love Don’t Live Here” is driven by Kelley’s powerful vocal, while Scott shines on the defiant “Long Gone” and the romantic “Can’t Take My Eyes off You.” “All We’d Ever Need” and “I Run to You” finds the pair seamlessly intertwining in the tradition of Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris. —Ken Tucker”


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