Lady A’s Charles Kelley Struck with Appendicitis, Band Unable To Perform at Lakefront Music Fest

Lady A’s long-awaited return to the road has been sidelined as the band’s Charles Kelley has come down with appendicitis. …


Lauren Jo Black

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July 10, 2021


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Lady A’s long-awaited return to the road has been sidelined as the band’s Charles Kelley has come down with appendicitis. 

Due to Kelley’s current condition, the GRAMMY-award winning group has been forced to pull out of their headlining performance tonight (Saturday, July 10) at the Lakefront Music Fest in Prior Lake, Minnesota. 

Lady A’s Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood shared the unfortunate news with fans via a statement on social media on Saturday morning.

“After such a long wait, there isn’t much that could keep us from being with our fans. Unfortunately, Charles has appendicitis, so we’re sorry to say that we won’t be with you in Minnesota at Lakefront Music Fest tonight,” the statement read.


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They went on to update fans on Kelley’s condition and share their hopes to return to the road very soon. 

“This morning Charles is in good hands and we’re continuing to pray for his recovery,” Scott and Haywood wrote. “The minute he is cleared by his doctors, we will be back on the road to see y’all. We appreciate your understanding.”  

According to the festival, Jake Owen and Noah Guthie will be stepping up to play longer sets to fill time in Lady A’s absence. Additionally, according to the festival’s Instagram statement, Lady A will be returning to perform at the event in 2023. 


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Lady A’s next scheduled tour date is set for July 16 and 17 at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, TX. At this time, it is unclear whether or not the group will be able to fulfill those dates due to Kelley’s recovery. 

Lady A’s much-anticipated What a Song Can Do Tour officially launches on July 29 in Uncasville, CT.  The 34-city trek will feature Lady A alongside Carly Pearce, Niko Moon and Tenille Arts.

Lady A; Photo Courtesy CMT, Getty Images
Lady A; Photo Courtesy CMT, Getty Images

“This tour is really going to be about letting our fans know how much they mean to us and what music has done for all of us over the last year…which is the essence of the tour name. We started writing a song called ‘What A Song Can Do’ and it turned into a love-letter to our fans,” Charles Kelley previously shared. “We are gonna soak up these moments on stage more than we ever have before. It’s gonna be hard to wipe the smiles off our faces and I’m sure the tears off of Hillary’s. We were lucky enough to still release new music this past year but there are songs like ‘Champagne Night’ and ‘What If I Never Get Over You’ that we haven’t been able to play live much so we know those will make for some really special moments.”

A portion of the ticket sales will go towards LadyAID, the group’s philanthropic fund which supports initiatives around the world ranging from helping vulnerable children, societal and cultural issues, as well as natural disaster aid and recovery.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.