Before kicking off the holiday weekend, country trio Lady A have a performance slot on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series Friday morning (July 2.) It’ll be the band’s chance to give fans a live taste of their just-released new album, What a Song Can Do, as they perform the project’s current single, “Like a Lady,” as well as album cut “Fire.”
But aside from that performance, July 4th is typically a pretty quiet day for Lady A, in terms of performances. They usually choose not to be onstage for the week surrounding Independence Day, and for good reason: Between the three bandmates, there are a lot of personal and family holidays that week.
“It’s America’s birthday, and then the next day is Dave’s birthday,” jokes Hillary Scott, nodding towards her bandmate Dave Haywood, who turns 39 years old this Saturday, July 5.
“And actually, the anniversary of my engagement to [my husband] Chris [Tyrrell] — the 2nd, is the day we got engaged. And then [bandmate Charles Kelley]’s anniversary is –”
“It’s the 6th,” Kelley interjects with a nod.
“So there’s a lot of fun that happens at the beginning of July,” Scott sums up. “Yeah. We’re normally off.”
Because of the personal holidays and special days that surround Independence Day for the Lady A bandmates, the holiday looks a little different for each of them. Haywood, for example, takes the opportunity to spend his birthday with friends and family, who are already in party or vacation mode due to the July 4th holiday.
“We always take that week off, just for those beach trips. I mean, my family always goes to the beach,” he explains. “I’ll be with my wife’s family in Alabama at the beach, just kind of enjoying outdoor cookouts.”
Of course, even amid all the family fun, the meaning of the holiday isn’t lost on Lady A.
“It’s a great celebration, [and a] reminder of this great country we get to live in,” reflects Kelley. “Every time I think of the 4th of July, all I can think of is Lee Greenwood…Right when you say it, I smell a BBQ, and I’m hearing Lee Greenwood over and over.”