The lady of the band

Hillary Scott with Lady Antebellum bandmates Charles Kelley (left) and Dave Haywood. Hillary Scott with Lady Antebellum bandmates Charles Kelley (left) and Dave Haywood.
By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / August 15, 2009

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As one-third of the country trio Lady Antebellum, Hillary Scott spends a lot of time with boys. In addition to bandmates and harmony vocalists Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, the Nashville native has spent the last 21 days on a tour bus with seven other male crew members. “You really pick your battles when there’s this many people on the bus,’’ the 23-year-old singer-songwriter says with a laugh. The members of Lady A don’t have too much to fight about these days. Formed in 2006 after a chance meeting between Scott and Kelley in a bar, the trio rocketed to success with their 2008 debut. The self-titled album - a beguiling mix of country, pop, soul, and rock - drew critical raves, several country music awards, and a Grammy nomination for best new artist. Success hasn’t earned them a vacation - or even a honeymoon. Though Kelley recently got married, Lady Antebellum hit the road two days later as part of Kenny Chesney’s annual party, which plays a sold-out Gillette Stadium tonight. And the band is at work on its sophomore album, due out early next year, on the few days off it has. Scott isn’t complaining, though, since she and her bandmates fantasized about touring with Chesney when they first got together. “The fact that we can say that fantasy has become reality. We’re still just floating around - we can’t believe it,’’ she says on the phone from an Oregon tour stop.


Has there been a hazing period as the new kids on the Chesney tour?

A. He’s been the most generous “my place is your place’’ guy. It really says so much about him, and it makes so much sense that he is where he is. I think that all comes back around to you.


So he hasn’t been force-feeding you tequila?

A. No. [Laughs] He’s been force-feeding me grilled chicken and steamed broccoli because he’s a really healthy eater.


Have tour mates Sugarland taken you under their wing since they were once in the same place as Lady A?

A. They’ve had some really great advice. We’re going to try to write with them, because we’ve been writing a ton for the next record over the past couple of months and we just feel like, gosh, if anybody’s doing it right, it’s them.

Q. Have Charles’s recent nuptials cut in half the assumptions that you’re dating one of the guys in the band? A. [Laughs] Yeah, it’s so funny. We get questions like, “Are y’all dating?’’ or “Are y’all brother and sister?’’ It’s one or the other. The truth is they’re both my brothers. And I’m so excited for Charles, and I’m so excited for me, because people don’t assume we’re dating anymore. [Laughs] Because I’m single. Sarah Rodman can be reached at

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