Lady Antebellum’s Rainy Day Performance at Kentucky Derby Catches Them on the Red Carpet at Churchhill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Lady Antebellum remembered the phrase “the show must go on.”

Dressed in their best for Saturday’s (May 7) 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, the trio took the stage to perform the national anthem for more than 167,000 fans at Churchill Downs in Louisville in the pouring rain.

And the Grammy-winning trio didn’t miss a beat.

That’s Southern weather for you. Just hours earlier, I’d caught up with Lady A on the red carpet at the Derby under the sunniest skies you’d ever seen.

The trio was incredibly excited to be together for race day. Hillary Scott told me it was her first time to attend the Derby with her bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood but that the guys themselves were actual first-timers.

Kelley said he was thrilled to be there and honored to be singing the anthem, but he was a little bit nervous.

“I watched some YouTube videos of other artists that have done it in the past, and it’s pretty nerve-wracking. We’re gonna make sure we don’t have too much to drink before we sing,” he joked.

Spouses Kelli Cashiola Haywood, Cassie McConnell Kelley and Scott’s husband Chris Tyrrell were also in attendance wearing their Derby finest.

The only thing missing? Their adorable little ones, but fear not—they were living it up at another party.

“The first Baby Antebellum play date is happening today!” Dave quipped before we all said goodbye and went off to the races.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.