Georgia has certainly had Lady Antebellum on its mind. The trio and comic Jeff Foxworthy are among the newest inductees announced for the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
Lady Antebellum will be inducted in the performer category and Foxworthy in the spoken word division. Southern rock favorites Wet Willie will receive the group honor, and Collective Soul's Ed Roland will be inducted for his songwriting achievements. Other inductees this year include record label founder Ed Beard, blues vocalist Francine Reed and the late gospel singer-songwriter Wally Fowler.
Lady A's Dave Haywood can't believe they're being included in such illustrious company.
"We've never been a part of something like this before," he said. "It's pretty special hearing the words 'Lady Antebellum' and 'hall of fame' in the same sentence. We really feel honored to be included."
Because they're both Georgia natives, it has to be especially thrilling for Haywood and bandmate Charles Kelley. They were born in Augusta, grew up there as friends and took their first musical steps as collaborators during those formative years.
And though she's a Tennessee gal, Haywood told the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper that their bandmate Hillary Scott is an "honorary Georgian."
He explained, "She's spent a lot of time there in Atlanta and Athens. We've shown her the Georgia Theatre and Eddie's Attic."
I must say those are definitely two places on this native Georgian's "must-experience" list. Welcome to the club, Hillary!
The 36th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.