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Lady Antebellum

Plenty of music-biz tastemakers see Lady Antebellum as the next big country crossover act. So a 2009 Grammy nomination as Best New Artist, which pitted the Nashville trio against Adele, Duffy, Jazmine Sullivan and the Jonas Brothers — and Adele's eventual victory shouldn't be seen as a slap against this particular Lady. Singers Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott make up a male-female duo so young, hot and photogenic that they seem to have been created by the CMT promo department, and Dave Haywood's guitar-and-mandolin skills represent a merger of accessible rock and country rudiments that's as marketable as Faith and Tim — and it sounds better, too. Not that the band's self-titled debut breaks any new ground. But tunes such as "Love Don't Live Here" and "I Run to You" are palatable mainstream fare as opposed to sheer shlock in a Stetson. Given the alternative, we should count ourselves lucky — though not as lucky as Lady Antebellum.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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