OFFSTAGE: Lady A’s NYC Dinner

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How could it not be fun to go to a low-key dinner and then a show with Lady Antebellum? What a cool writing assignment, right? The resulting story in the Wall Street Journal is about the band’s night off in New York City, where they ate dinner at the Lion in West Village. And over appetizers (the menu has things like oysters, tuna tartare and hamachi crudo, but there’s no word on what the band actually ate), Charles Kelley described the band’s musical mission thusly: “We don’t ever want to be a band that writes an album that’s like 12 sappy love songs.” And later in the night, the band and journalist head out to a My Morning Jacket/Band of Horses concert at Madison Square Garden. “I don’t think we would ever want to stop being fans,” Lady A’s Dave Haywood told the newspaper, discussing the love they all share for live music. Even when it’s not their own, and not even country.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.