Date: April 26, 2013
City: Mountain View, CA
Venue: Shoreline Amphitheater
Artist: Lady Antebellum
Opening Act(s): Rodney Atkins, Jana Kramer
As I’ve mentioned before, I have never really been a fan of country music. However the songs that are a bit more pop and crossover to radio stations I actually listen to or that end upon the “VH-1 Top 20 Countdown” are undeniably catchy. “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum was one of these songs. Who couldn’t relate to the desire to drunk dial talked about in the song?
This was my second country concert ever. Jana Kramer was the first opener. She had the country twang in her voice that I can’t stand. She covered “Wonderwall” by Oasis. In my opinion she butchered the song with her twang. The crowd seemed to like a couple of her songs. Apparently she is an actress as well and had a reoccurring role on “One Tree Hill”.
Rodney Atkins was the second opener. He was much better and worked the stage very well – shaking hands with several people in the audience and throwing out tons of guitar picks. He handed the mic to a couple of people in the crowd to sing the chorus of “If You’re Going Through Hell”. One was a young girl, which made the crowd go crazy. I loved it when the guitarist and bassist moved in unison like a metal band. I felt the performance was very rock & roll.
The Lady Antebellum stage had the band lifted up above so that they could be seen. There was a LED screen behind them. Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood started the show in front of the drummer with “Downtown”. They worked the stage well, also shaking hands with fans as Rodney Atkins did. Several people in the crowd would go up and turn around to have a friend take a photo. It looked like they wanted the photo more than having the opportunity to touch Hillary or Charles.
Hillary Scott is pregnant and due to deliver a baby girl in June. She noticed a woman in the third row that is also pregnant and asked her when she was due. The woman said she was due next week. Hillary then asked what she was having. When the woman said she was having a boy Hillary said “matchmaking”. When they introduced the band we learned that the drummer, Chris Tyrrell is Hillary Scott’s husband and “baby daddy” as Charles called him.
Lady Antebellum didn’t have a back track or a set of back up singers. Every note they sang was live and the sounded just as good as they do on the radio. That is real talent. There is a slight bit of country twang in their voices, but it is much more subtle than what I consider to be traditional country or the way Jana Kramer sang.
They performed all of the songs I have heard on non-country radio – “I Run to You”, “Just a Kiss”, “We Owned the Night” and “Need You Now”. When they sang “Just a Kiss” they moved into the chorus of “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars. I appreciated this because “Locked Out of Heaven” is a great song and I’m looking forward to seeing his show in July. They also covered “Choices” by George Jones who had died the morning of the concert.
I’d definitely recommend seeing Lady Antebellum if you like any of their songs regardless of whether or not you like country music. They are very talented and are great performers. I even enjoyed the songs I didn’t know.