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The group is truly enjoying the latest music being released out of Nashville. "That new Blake Shelton song ('Honey Bee') is a monster. I love it. It's such a good song," says Lady A's Charles Kelley. "There is so much good new stuff. I think Easton Corbin keeps putting out great music. I'm excited about hearing some of his new stuff."
"We listen to a lot of country radio," notes Dave Haywood, "and we are always interested to hear when new people like Steel Magnolia or Thompson Square come out, and we're like, 'Wow, that's really cool.' There is a lot of room for a lot of these artists to keep putting out new songs, and keep pushing it and releasing great stuff. We know Chris Young and couple of these other guys that are just killing it with No. 1s. Luke Bryan ... over and over. We're obviously big fans of all of these guys."
Speaking of Luke Bryan, he and Lady Antebellum are not only on the same record label, Capitol Nashville, but they are also great friends. Charles and Dave (pictured above with Luke) co-wrote the No. 1 hit, 'Do I,' with Luke, while Hillary Scott provided background vocals. (Watch Luke perform 'Do I' with Lady A live in our studio below.) They anticipate the Georgia native is getting ready to blow the doors off the industry. "Luke is going to be, and I'm not just saying this because we are such good friends, but I feel like Luke is poised to be the next big male artist," declares Charles. "He is right there, he and obviously Blake, too. They just have it teed up right now. I'm just so excited and fired up for both of them."
Hillary, who became very close to Miranda Lambert while they were both opening for Kenny Chesney, is excited to hear more from the 'Heart Like Mine' singer's new girl group, Pistol Annies, which also features Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. "They are all three really talented girls, The Pistol Annies, which is a perfect name for those girls. I am looking forward to what they do. Also, there is a brand-new band that just got signed, and I've just become friends with them because they played a couple of shows with us, [called] Eden's Edge. They are just three really sweet people, and really, really talented. It's much more of a grass-roots, kind of bluegrass-based vibe, which I think is a breath of fresh air. I just wish them well, I love them."
Lady Antebellum, who just took home the trophy for Top Country Song for 'Need You Now' at Sunday night's (May 22) Billboard Music Awards, are set to hit the road June 2 in Thackerville, Okla.