Charles says “After the holidays, I usually want to lose 5-10 pounds and slow down on my drinking, but not really a specific goal.” Dave adds, “More of a mindset, having time with the family, reflect on the past year, and get a start-over.” For Hillary, “That’s what I love, what last year did we do well, and what can we do better in the new year. There’s hope and excitement in what the future will hold.”
So what was Christmas like? Hillary says: “We were in Florida, it was awesome to be in milder weather, watching my older daughters and two twin daughters, it was a sandy Christmas this year.” (Dave) I was traveling to Georgia to see my family and Dallas for my wife’s family. The kids had a beautiful day.” (Charles) We were in Florida as well. We spent our last few Christmases there. My little boy got a lot from Santa, so seeing his reaction Christmas morning makes the holidays more fun these days.”
New Tour: “We’re so fired up, having Jake Owen come out with us, and Maddie & Tae, starting in May going through the summer, playing the big amphitheater. We’ll play the hits, but also sprinkle in some of the new music. I can’t wait to see Jake’s show, he’s a great golf buddy, so there’s gonna be a lot of golf, just to see his energy to get the crowd fired up will be awesome.”
Of course Jake also has two daughters, so there will be two more children for Baby Antebellum: “That’s right! That will be fun for our kiddoes to have new friends and playmates. It’s going to be a fun summer. We love to tour with people we love & admire, but also create that culture backstage that just feels like we’re all friends & family, or as Charles says, like adult summer camp.”
Also coming up for Charles in just a few weeks: The annual Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf tournament: “That’s the one week of the year I always tell my manager this is my only week, my time, it’s a fun time. Last time I played with Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts. You also have Jake Owen and Toby Keith. We love the game. You also have Bill Murray. There’s this cool photo of me showing him where the flagstick is, but it looks like I’m showing him where to hit the ball. It looks like we’re best buds, but we’re not!”
The country stars also get some TV time during the tournament. “They analyze your swing, and they do it in slow motion, so it looks real bad. It looked like it was the first time I played golf. Darius Rucker is there too. We’re never gonna miss that week. It’s our week, it’s our vacation, our man-cation!”
Lady A also has great stories this week about Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson, San Hunt, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and Thomas Rhett.
NEXT WEEK: Jon Pardi