Lady Antebellum brought their ‘You Look Good World Tour’ to Birmingham on Monday evening. It was a night full of high energy and great music from some of the biggest names in Country. Here are my thoughts on the openers and Lady A.
The first act of the night was Brett Young. An up and coming artist who has seen major success back in the states with his debut album. I didn’t catch all of his set but what I did see was good. He certainly got a lot of love from the ladies in the audience. He sang a cover of “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley and he made it his own. He closed out his set with “Sleep Without You”. The track sounded great live. Brett is a great talent and I hope we see more of him here in the future.
Kelsea was Lady A’s second support act of the evening. She is the current darling in Country and has been enjoying huge success back home in America. She came out to “Love Me Like You Mean It” and kept the crowd entertained for over 45 minutes. Kelsea addressed the crowd a lot during her set and kept getting them to join with with her hits. The audience was a little quiet though. She played some new tracks off her forthcoming album which came over well live. After her set ended she went to greet some fans. She’s due to play C2C next year and I suspect we’ll be seeing more of her in the next few year, as she seems to be gaining more popularity here.
Now it was time for the main act of the night – Lady Antebellum! The trio comprising of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood opened their show with the sound of horns. They jumped straight into their 2013 hit “Downtown” before taking fans on a trip down memory lane with other favourites such as “Just A Kiss” and “American Honey”. Of course they threw in some of their new material from Heart Break, too. The title track went down a treat. The addition of the horn players, who joined Lady A, on several tracks, upped the energy and made the old songs sound fresh and exciting. The audience was on their feet all night long. Lady A showed off their rich harmonies on ballad “Hurt”. This is a cut off their latest album and sounds amazing live. You can feel the vulnerability in Hillary’s voice. Charles joked Hillary was “singing for three” as the singer is excepting twins next February. She looked glowing and beautiful. Kelsea and Brett came back out during their set for a cover of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One”. Everyone was joining with it. The didn’t have too many slow moments in the show, but the few ballads they did have were really special. Just before the show wrapped, they returned to belt out “Need You Now”. It was a singalong moment. The perfect end to the night. Lady A certainly know how to put on a show. They’re welcome back anytime!