Lady Antebellum: Dave Haywood talks York Fair, new babies and upcoming album
Members of Lady Antebellum have babies and albums on the brain.
And their also in the midst of a massive tour, added band member Dave Haywood while en route to a private acoustic charity benefit Aug. 21.
This summer, the country trio's hit outdoor amphitheaters, festivals and fairs — where they feel right at home.
Haywood said he and group member Charles Kelley grew up going to the Georgia State Fair. The venue introduced Haywood to country acts. Since Haywood has met many young first-time concertgoers this summer, he knows he's carrying on the tradition. He expects to continue to the family-friendly party in York County.
Lady A's bus pulls into the York Fair this weekend, and the band will rock the grandstand Saturday, Sept. 6. Following the York Fair show and another date in Michigan, the group will take a mini break.
Haywood and his wife are expecting their first son. She could give birth any day now.
He won't be the only new parent in the group. Lady Antebellum canceled its 2013 York Fair show after singer Hillary Scott announced she was pregnant. Scott gave birth to a daughter in July 2013.
Haywood said he got a parenting preview when Scott brought her daughter on the road.
"We're all growing up together (and) starting our families," Haywood said. "It feels like a new chapter. We were re-inspired."
To channel their inspiration, group members found time to demo songs while rolling — thanks to an on-bus studio.
"We wrote and wrote and wrote (during) the first few months of touring," Haywood said. "We're kind of nonstop when we're on the road."
The sessions birthed Lady A's upcoming release, "747." This summer, the group has been playing the first single "Bartender" — and one or two other new tunes, Haywood said. And of course, its sets are peppered with past hits.
The group got its start in 2006 and quickly rose on the charts. Its crossover single "Need You Now" — the title track of its 2010 album — sold millions of copies. The album was crowned Best County Album at the 2011 Grammys. Lady Antebellum repeated the win in 2012 with its next release "We Own the Night." And it's earned almost too many country awards to count.
Amid the whirlwind of tours, sessions and play dates, Haywood said that group members also try to stay in top shape.
"You have to have stamina for the show," Haywood added. "We keep it as high energy as possible."
That means passing on the deep-fried Snickers at fairs. For an occasional splurge, he'll pick funnel cake.
"It makes you work out a little longer that day," he added.
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