April 13, 2009 — Lady Antebellum had a stunning debut in 2008, winning new-artist trophies from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music and getting a pair of Grammy nominations.
Clearly Lady A has impressed a lot of people both inside the music industry and among the general public. The band itself, however, is not completely satisfied with its creative progress. They hit the road opening for Martina McBride last year, and it was anything but smooth.
"We fell flat on our faces a couple of nights and learned what it's like to not have great shows — and to have great shows and play in front of people that don't know who you are," Charles Kelley told The Danbury News-Times of Connecticut. "It was a nice training ground, I think, for the three of us. This year, it's definitely a different feel. We feel like we're out [and] we're still trying to prove ourselves, but at least we20have some fans out there that are supporting us."
Part of that support is likely because the band is trying so hard to win people over. Lady A is hardly complacent, and it means they're always hoping to improve on what they've already built.
"I really could name maybe three shows that I walked off and was like, 'We absolutely rocked it tonight,'" Charles reflected. "There's always something that's gonna go wrong. I'd love to get into the mindset to where you just realize that it's a live show and it's never gonna be perfect. But there's always something that you felt like you could do better."
Charles and his cohorts, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott, will have plenty of chances to up their game this year. They're slated along with Miranda Lambert as openers on Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival Tour, which kicks off Friday.