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What's in a name: Lady Antebellum

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As names go, Lady Antebellum is fine. It certainly hasn't slowed them down -- both of the country trio's albums have sold beyond platinum, which is increasingly rare nowadays. But that name means...nothing at all, actually.

"I wish I had some eloquent, beautiful story I could tell," Lady A's Hillary Scott said in a recent interview. "That it came to us in a vision. But nah. We were looking for a name and every other thing we thought of was terrible. Then we were out taking photos in Franklin, Tenn., and there were a bunch of antebellum homes. Charles [Kelley] said, 'Gosh, look at those beautiful antebellum homes,' and something clickd. 'That word is really nostalgic and country,' he said. 'There's a lot of soul in that word.' I didn't even know what it meant, but I thought it was good. 'It's weird, but o.k.,' I said. 'I like it. There's a lady in the group and it's a cool word.' So it doesn't mean anything, but it's what found us."

For more, including details on the group's Triangle show tonight, see the story in Thursday's paper.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.