Country Radio Seminar: Lady Antebellum Plays Intimate Show for the Industry

What better time to spotlight country music’s hottest acts than when you have more than 2,000 radio professionals in town? That was the case last night in Nashville, with a long line of options for those in town for the Country Radio Seminar.

Some chose the Sony General Jackson Cruise. Some decided to go to the Average Joe’s party last night, while many found their way to the downtown location of Puckett’s Grocery for a special evening of music with Capitol Nashville’s Lady Antebellum.

The CMA winners mingled with those in attendance before taking to the stage to perform a few of their past hits such as “Run To You” and their crossover hit “Need You Now,” but the bulk of their nine-song set consisted of new material -- as the trio gave those in attendance a sneak peek at their upcoming record Golden. They performed five cuts from the disc (slated for a May 7 release).

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood with former Citadel exec Victor Sansone

The material ranged from the uptempo sounds of “Get To Me” to the moody feel of songs like “Goodbye Town” and “It Ain’t Pretty.” The latter two could very well find their ways onto radio station playlists. Several of the songwriters from the album also took to the stage to share the stories behind the songs, such as labelmate Eric Paslay, Josh Kear, and Luke Laird. The group closed out the set with the album’s first single, the infectious “Downtown,” which is currently at No. 9 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Seen in the crowd were several UMG staffers, such as Rachel Dobson, Bobby Young, and label head Mike Dungan, in addition to radio and television personality Becca Walls, Sirius -- XM director of country programming John Marks, and Gaylord Entertainment’s Steve Buchanan.