Popular country trio to perform at the Erie Insurance Arena on Friday

Country sensation for almost 15 years Lady A topped the Billboard charts with its vocal harmonies and harmonious fusion of country, rock and pop.

But like so many who came out of the pandemic’s darker days, the group, formerly known as Lady Antebellum, have embarked on a journey of rediscovery, reflection and appreciation for those who have. helped along the way.

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Introducing a new album, “What a Song Can Do”, and a tour that stops Friday at Erie Insurance Arena, the trio of Grammy Award-winning Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood hope to thank – and cheer up – fans with a “celebration” of their music, especially in light of the heartbreak and l isolation from last year.

“I really think this is a special tour for a lot of people,” said Haywood. “For many it’s their first gig or their first big gathering, and we don’t take that for granted.”

The concert – the first big show announced on Erie’s site since the start of the pandemic – will feature an array of tracks from the band’s catalog, from their very first single “Love Don’t Live Here” to their hits like “Need You Now” and “American Honey”.

Lady A will also perform the title song from their new album, one of many new songs the band wrote via Zoom calls during the pandemic, and one that Haywood says epitomizes the power of music and the fact of it. be with each other.

“During our first weekend of touring we were moved on stage, feeling that energy again, being in a noisy outdoor space again, the smell of beer and hot dogs – whatever is with it. you miss people, ”says Haywood.

Award-winning country group Lady A will perform at the Erie Insurance Arena on Friday.  Pictured, left to right, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood.

Lady A last played Erie in 2010 at the old Tullio Arena. Haywood said he was “delighted” to come back to an area with “big country fans”.

“It’s kind of a unique moment for us in our career,” he added. “It’s such a gift to be able to play these days, and I’ve been blown away by the number of people who love the catalog of music we’ve been able to create over the past 15 years.”

Country singer-songwriters will join Lady A on Friday Carly Pierce, Niko Moon and Arts of the Tenille.

A portion of each ticket sale will go to the group’s long-standing charity LadyAID, which supports initiatives around the world, from helping vulnerable children to natural disaster relief and recovery.

Lady A, left to right, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, will perform at the Erie Insurance Arena on Friday.

Since releasing her debut album in 2008, Lady A has recorded 11 No.1 singles, sold 18 million albums and won five Grammy Awards, according to Lady A’s website.

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Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police in May 2020, the group decided to abbreviate their name to Lady A in order to distance themselves from the racist connotations of the word “antebellum”, widely associated with the pre- Civil War period in the southern United States.

The group has since been in litigation after a Seattle-based singer, Anita White, who had been performing under the name “Lady A” for 20 years, asked the group for $ 10 million to co-opt their stage name. Lady A has filed a lawsuit against White.

Former Lady Antebellum, from left, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, are shown in Augusta, Georgia on May 22, 2012. The trio changed the group's name to Lady A to recognize racial sensibilities during the term

Haywood, who has not commented much on the matter, said “the lawyers are fixing the problem.”

“We obviously want to make sure people know that we stand for unity, love and inclusion,” he said. “We want everyone to feel invited and welcome when they attend a Lady A show.”

Lady A’s concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French Street. Ticket prices range from $ 46 to $ 98. For more information visit bit.ly/ladyAconcert or dial 814-452-4857.

For Haywood and the rest of the band, being back on stage was a “win” every night.

“It has been so good for our souls,” he said. “We smiled the whole tour just so we could do it in any capacity, big or small, and thankful that we could play live music again.”

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Dame A strikes

Lady A songs # 1 on Billboard’s US Airplay country graphic:

“I’m running to you” (2008)

“American Honey” (2010)

“I Need You Now” (2010)

“Our Kind of Love” (2010)

“Dancing with my heart” (2011)

“Just a kiss” (2011)

“We owned the night” (2011)

“Downtown” (2013)

“Compass” (2013)

“Bartender” (2014)

“What if I never get over it” (2019)

“Champagne Evening” (2020)

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