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Lady Antebellum is still riding its "747" on summer tour

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Lady Antebellum may have called its latest album "747," but these days the group is learning how to throttle down the speed a little bit.

"It's been nine years of non-stop, and nine years of non-stop amazing, and now we're just trying to relish it a little," the group's Hilary Scott says by phone from her home near Nashville. "We've always been in forward motion; in the middle of touring we're thinking about the next record, in the middle of the next record we're thinking about touring, and then we've got singles and videos and all those other things sprinkled in. It's hard to really feel like you can just be present in the present.

"That's what we're letting ourselves do right now, just enjoy where we're at and not worry too much about what's going to be next."

Scott and bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood have certainly built some impressive laurels since their first single came out in 2007. The trio has notched a dozen Top 10 country hits and four No. 1 country albums -- three of which also topped the Billboard 200.

Over that time, says Scott, 29 -- whose mother is country singer Linda Davis --, "it's very strange to feel like the established band, 'cause for so many years we weren't. And in a lot of ways we still feel like we have so much more growth to find and pursue." And maintaining the level the group has reached presents its own kind of challenges, she acknowledges.

"It's only natural for a little anxiety to creep in every so often," she says. "That's when I feel like there's that strength in numbers. With the three of us being such a solid group of friends we can rely on each other and encourage one another. You can choose to bear-hug the fear and push through it or you can let it consume you, so I'm so grateful to have the two of them to experience everything with."

Scott says part of the slowing-down process is that she, Kelley and Haywood "aren't going to rush" their next album. She notes that the trio is "always writing" and has already had some collaborator out on the road this summer to begin working on material. The trio also hopes to work again with "747" co-producer Nathan Chapman, but that's another decision "we haven't even talked about yet."

"We're going to really let ourselves take it slow, and I think we need that," Scott explains. "I think we've learned that it's a lot harder as our families grow that finding time that's focused and uninterrupted to sit down and write a song has become a true rarity. So it's only natural it's going to take a little bit more time, and I think we're excited for that time. I think that's the best gift we can give ourselves at this point."

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt

7 p.m. Friday, June 19

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

Tickets $59.25 and $44.25 pavilion, $29.50 lawn.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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