Lady Antebellum is gracing the cover of Georgia’s 2012 travel guide.
Before performing in October at Evans Towne Center Park, the country trio went across the street to the Memorial Gardens behind the Columbia County Library to pose for photographs and take part in interviews for the free publication.
The group was in town to play in front of 5,000 fans for the dedication of Lady Antebellum Pavilion. Two of the band’s members, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, graduated from Lakeside High School in 2000.
“They’re just as nice and easy to get along with as you can be,” said Columbi County Commission Chairman Ron Cross, who accompanied Kelley, Haywood and bandmate Hillary Scott on the shoot. “They’re great kids, and they’ve just done a tremendous job.”
Cross was less enthusiastic about the story running in the publication.
While news of Lady A performing in Evans brought national recognition to the county, Cross said he was under the impression that the new park and pavilion would be highlighted as well.
Though mention was made of the 5,000-seat pavilion and new park, Cross said he had hoped that pictures of the venue would run with the story.
“They said ... it would be good for Columbia County because it would give us some recognition and show the venue and the park,” Cross said. “When it came down to it, they didn’t do anything of that sort.”
A one-page article, including an interview with the artists, was featured inside the travel guide.
A communications specialist with the Georgia Department of Economic Development wouldn’t talk about the contents of the magazine until after it is unveiled Tuesday at the Georgia State Capitol.
The travel guide will be available inside visitor information centers, restaurants, hotels and other locations across the state.
“You just take the positive side of it and say it’s good for them (Lady Antebellum),” Cross said. “And at least they were mentioned as performing here, so that’s good.”