OFFSTAGE: Charles Kelley: “It Gets Easier”

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When Lady Antebellum was asked to give advice to Lelia Broussard, one of two remaining artists in Rolling Stone’s “Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star?” competition, Charles Kelley admitted that it is very, very hard for a while. “We worked so hard in our first two years, all I can say is, it will get easier,” he said. And Hilary Scott told her the advice her dad gave her: “The first 18 months of your career are gonna be the craziest. You’re gonna be more tired than you’ve ever been in your entire life.” She said her dad was right, adding, “The first 18 months of our career was nuts, but then you just hit pockets of busy moving forward. Your gauge of normal will change, like, ’There’s only five interviews today?'” Then she asks Broussard if she likes being on the road and tells her about starting out going to shows in Kelley’s Jeep Grand Cherokee and having to wiggle on her jeans in the backseat. Then Kelley sings a little bit of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show’s 1973 hit “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” which sounds great coming from him. You can vote on who should be on the cover of Rolling Stone through Friday (July 1).

Fun fact: “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” was written by Shel Silverstein, who also wrote Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” and other hits in addition to classic children’s books such as Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree.

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