Lady Antebellum shows their Georgia pride at pre-Super Bowl concert

Lady Antebellum got the run rolling early at Super Bowl 51. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC Music Scene
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Lady Antebellum got the run rolling early at Super Bowl 51. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC Music Scene

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

HOUSTON - With two Augusta guys in the band, it wasn’t surprising to hear Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott proclaim, “A lot of people on this stage are for the Falcons – we have a lot of Georgians here.”

The band performed at a pre-Super Bowl gathering adjacent to NRG Stadium at a show produced by the NFL’s hospitality sponsor, On Location Experiences.

For about 40 minutes, Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood zipped through a taut set of hits including “Downtown,” “American Honey” – which featured their trademark harmonies and Haywood on acoustic guitar – and their saucy new single, “You Look Good,” complete with live horn section.

The frontline trio was backed by five musicians, who helped add banjo to “Bartender” and a synthesizer gloss to the song most recognized by the throng of mostly casual fans – the Grammy-winning “Need You Now.”

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