Singer Hillary Scott has spent the past year or so on the road. In a bus. With 10 dudes. They don't give her much privacy and frequently forget proper unisex bathroom etiquette.
On the plus side, Scott's band, Lady Antebellum, which includes co-lead singer Charles Kelley and multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood, happens to be the year's hottest new act to emerge from Nashville. The band's self-titled debut album, which features mostly self-written material, reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and topped the country chart. The disc features the hit singles I Run To You, Love Don't Live Here and Lookin' for a Good Time.
Lady Antebellum tours this summer with country megastar Kenny Chesney and the majestically tough, smart (and sexy) Miranda Lambert. All three acts will share the stage Saturday at the Ford Amphitheatre in Tampa.
We caught up with Scott by phone recently while Lady Antebellum was in California to play a county fair in between 20,000-capacity dates with Chesney. The 25-year-old talked about corn dogs with ketchup, male groupies and "sleepovers" with Miranda Lambert.
I see you guys are playing a county fair today in between Chesney dates. Do you have a favorite fair food?
Oh my gosh! (laughs) Well, last summer we did many, many, many fairs and festivals. And I kind of found it my goal at every big state fair we would play to go and ask where the best corn dog stand was. I would always find a corn dog! And I'm a huge fan of chocolate-covered bananas. I love those! They're frozen like a popsicle.
Do you put anything on your corn dog?
I'm a ketchup girl.
When I interviewed you in April, you were just getting ready to go on this tour. You said you were excited about having another girl on the road with you. Have you and Miranda been able to hang out?
Yes! You know what? It's so funny because we have become like best friends.
Yeah, I like to sleep over on her bus all the time to get away from the guys on mine. . . . We truly have had so much fun together. So much so that we even flew to Dallas on a day off and went to see Beyonce in concert.
So when you go over to Miranda's bus, what do you do?
We watch a lot of concert DVDs. We watched the Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Special the other night. We were both screaming at how hot Elvis was. We were flipping out. We were like, "Oh my gosh, he is soooo beautiful." And normally we watch a movie with a glass of wine. Then we'll play our iPods and have dance parties. It's just girl time, y'know?
So I guess y'all are dancing around in your pajamas?
Exactly. You guessed it!
Boy, to be on that tour bus . . .
Have you gotten Kenny Chesney to participate in these pajama dance parties?
(Laughs) Unfortunately, not. We get to see him a lot, though. He's real friendly and has been so welcoming to us. I can honestly say that the guys (in Lady Antebellum) and I have become friends with him and that's so cool. He's just been so supportive and encouraging and given us really great advice just about how to keep our heads down and keep going.
What's your favorite post-show meal and beverage combo?
Hmmmm. Good question. Let's see. Miranda makes Bacardis and Sprite Zeros. So normally I'll have one of those. And, um, how about a half of a sub sandwich? That sounds good.
When you are not fleeing the boys to be on Miranda's bus, what are some rules you make the guys follow?
Well, a rule that is in place that does not always get followed is to put the toilet seat down. And then we also have a no girls on the bus rule. And that's about it. I'm pretty laid back.
The last time we spoke, you claimed to be single and had no male groupies waiting for you after concerts. Is that still the case?
I got them lined up a mile long!
No, I'm just kidding! There's very few, slim to none. And I'm okay with that. And I'm still happily single. (giggles)
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