Powerhouse trio Lady Antebellum were showered with praise, plaques and plenty of congratulatory words Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 6) for their third consecutive No. 1 hit, "Our Kind of Love." It's the trio's fourth No. 1 single overall.
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Held on the upper deck of downtown Nashville's Hard Rock Café, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott and their co-writer, Michael Busbee (known simply as Busbee), each stood before the large crowd to individually express their thoughts and gratitude.
Though a guitar leaning onstage suggested a possible performance from this year's five-time CMA nominated group, Scott expressed their regrets for not being able to perform as originally planned.
"We were on a wet street right in front of the Capitol building until 2 o'clock in the morning," she said, also revealing they had wrapped the final shoot for their upcoming music video, "Hello World." It's their fourth single from their multiple-platinum sophomore album, Need You Now.
"So all of us are a little raspy and under the weather," she went on.
But if the three members were feeling worse for the wear, their faces didn't show it. Dressed casually in jeans -- and Kelley in his red Georgia ball cap -- they all appeared upbeat, cheerful and gracious.
"We feel so loved and taken care of by this community," Scott said as her voice began to quiver. "Everyone in this whole entire town, we feel the love. Thank you so much for all you do for us."
"It truly feels like a family in here," Haywood agreed.
And before introducing Busbee, Kelley had some insightful words to share about their special partnership. Although this is, in fact, the first song the trio have written with him, Kelley said it's only the beginning to their collaborative efforts.
"He's so incredibly talented," Kelley pointed out. "That's why he goes by one name -- Busbee."
The California native, who got his start playing trombone around the New York area, has not only partnered with country acts like Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts, but he's also crossed several genres in the past, teaming with the likes of Katy Perry, the Jonas Brothers and Better Than Ezra, to name a few.
ASCAP's Tim DuBois said he thinks he has something strangely in common with Busbee. A former record executive, DuBois' songwriting credits include "Bluest Eyes in Texas," Restless Heart's single that topped the chart in 1988.
"As far as I know -- and I haven't checked this out very carefully -- but Busbee and I, I think, are the only two trombone players who have gone on to have a No. 1 country record," DuBois said. He added, "Like me, he learned it is hard to write on trombone."
Fittingly, Busbee was the last to speak at the party's festivities. He thanked his wife and parents for their encouragement and piano lessons before turning to Kelley, Haywood and Scott for a few heartfelt words.
"You guys are kind, gifted and passionate about music and life," he said. "Thank you for sharing your world with me, and thank you for taking us to No. 1."
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