Why Lady A Will Never Be Fleetwood Mac

Band Is Always Ready to Make Nice

At one of the many panels at this week’s Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Lady Antebellum had chance to share their secret for getting along. The presentation was titled “How 3 Become 1: Lady Antebellum.”

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And one of the biggest lessons they’ve learned in their nine years as a successful country band is how not to end up like Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac

Lady A’s Dave Haywood admitted he, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott decided early on that this kind of infighting wouldn’t happen to them.

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“We’ve all seen that on Behind the Music, but we decided we’re not gonna do that,” he said of Fleetwood Mac’s reputation for their members’ tumultuous relationships on and off the stage. “If we’re gonna do this, it has to be where we love doing it, we love each other, we respect each other.”

Kelley added his perspective on how they all stay so conflict-free.

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“Everybody has different backgrounds in how they approach conflict and communication,” he said. “I tend to say what’s on my mind. Dave soaks up everything, and after everybody says their peace, he says something clever. Hillary’s somewhere in the middle.

“If you’re working as a team, everybody has a different process. Let people be who they are.”

And Scott, who doesn’t seem like she has a mean bone in her body, talked about the way she stays calm, cool and collected even when she might be a little fightin’ mad.

“In any work situation, there are parts of you that you have to temper down every now and then,” she said. “You don’t want continuous flare-ups. You have to be together a lot. Do you want to be right or be happy?”

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