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In concert: Lady Antebellum at Merriweather Post Pavilion

ralph stanleyNo effects: Lady Antebellum put their voices to work at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By Emily Yahr

Lady Antebellum, the trio currently topping the Billboard country music charts, could have opened their headlining performance at this weekend's Sunday in the Country music festival with the over-the-top style (rock-n-roll intro, fog machines, laser lights) favored by so many successful acts. Instead, the Nashville-based group comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, simply sauntered out on stage, all by themselves, and just started to sing.

Accompanied only by Haywood on guitar, Scott and Kelley gave a haunting, stripped-down rendition of "I Run to You," the trio's first no. 1 single that debuted last year, to kick off the show. An unexpected, but intimate, way to start in front of thousands at the sold-out event at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the subdued mood didn't last - a backup band slipped in behind them for the second song, "American Honey," which promptly transformed the performance and kicked off a rollicking 90 minutes of music that seemed more fitting for a group whose career just keeps climbing, as they launched their first headlining tour last week.

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Scott, Kelley and Haywood's blended harmonies sounded spot-on as they went through their laundry list of songs - "Love Don't Live Here," "Lookin' For a Good Time," "Need You Now" - that have burned up country radio. Though watching the group live, it became apparent that as intertwined as their vocals arein recorded form, the same holds true for their performances. The three stuck together, sonically as well as physically; they huddled on stage while performing in expertly-synched rhythm. When one ever broke away, it felt like a missing appendage.

Scott did a lovely solo of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," and a few minutes later, Kelley and Haywood sang Luke Bryan's "Do I" and offered insight into the country music singer-songwriter clubhouse, telling the story of how the three men had written the song on Bryan's front porch one day. But it still seemed wrong - and didn't quite feel like the same show until the three Lady Antebellum members were attached together again, launching into the bubblegum-sweet tune "Perfect Day," followed by "Our Kind of Love," which according to the Billboard chart, is the currently the no. 1 country song.

Lady Antebellum capped a day of performances that included Matt Kennon, Bucky Covington, Joe Nichols and Eric Church, as well as Gloriana and the Band Perry. The Band Perry, made up of three siblings from Alabama, got a huge audience reception for their new single, "If I Die Young," a morbid tune about untimely death -- or according to singer Kimberly Perry, a song about appreciating what you have.

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By Click Track  | September 27, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Lady Antebellum  
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