About The Performance
Since 2006, Nashville, TN natives Lady Antebellum have been making a steady climb to the top of the country ranks and tonight at Live on Letterman, the band showed the world why their name always finds a place at the top of the country charts.
Lady Antebellum first signed to Capitol records in 2007 and have since garnered over 45 music awards and released four studio albums - three of which have went platinum. The release of the bands last album, 2011’s “Own The Night” propelled the band to new heights; becoming the largest start for any country release since Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" in 2010 and winning Best Country Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.
The bands new album, “Golden”, looks to build on the success of “Own The Night” - and then some. The album was recorded over the last year by producer Paul Worley and looks to capture more of a live feel - with the band bringing in more studio musicians for live takes than ever before. The albums lead single, ‘Downtown’, peaked at number two on the Hot Country Songs chart and at number one on US Country Airplay.
In the pre-show interview, Lady Antebellum spoke on the magic of the Grammys and also talked about the deluxe version of their new album, “Golden”. The band opened up about the reissue, saying that they grew eager to share what they had been working on in the studio immediately with fans and releasing a deluxe reissue of “Golden” allowed them to do just that.
After the interview, the trio was poised to hit the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre stage. Lady A. walked through a sea of fans and were greeted with a boisterous ovation just before the group opened up the show with the first single off “Golden” entitled, ‘Downtown’. The group then brought it back to 2010’s “Need You Now” for a heavenly rendition of ‘Our Kind of Love’.
Lady A. then treated fans to another new song off the deluxe edition of “Golden” entitled ‘Compass’ before giving them a dose of throwbacks and a cover that included ‘Just A Kiss’, ‘American Honey’, ‘I Run To You’, and Avicii's 'Wake Me Up'.
The Nashville trio then went back to new material for a performance of ‘And The Radio Played’ before following up with their smash hit ‘Need You Now’ off the groups 2010 album of the same name.
Before closing out the show, lead singer Hillary Scott gave the crowd a long look and extended thank you and then cued her band into their 2011 mega-hit ‘We Owned The Night’. Fans sang along to every word at The Ed Sullivan Theatre as a brisk Nashville night in New York City came to a close.
By Gian Vassaliko
The harmony-based trio Lady Antebellum continues to reaffirm the very foundation of their music by focusing on deft songwriting and fresh uses of their talents. Since the band’s 2006 inception, Lady A has won the “Vocal Group of the Year” honor from both the CMA and from the ACM three times in a row and has sold over 11 million albums worldwide. The trio has taken seven trips to #1 on the country radio charts, earned five Platinum singles, including their recent “Downtown,” and has been awarded seven GRAMMY® Awards, including the all-genre “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” Most recently, Lady A released "Compass" as their new single off the special edition release of Golden Deluxe. The trio will kick off their North American headlining TAKE ME DOWNTOWN TOUR on January 10.