Things won’t be getting any easier for up-and-comers Lady Antebellum, who lost an ACM Vocal Group trophy to Rascal Flatts this past Sunday: an important member of the trio has decided to pursue a solo career. Guitarist Dave Haywood performed his final show with the group last night.
In the weeks leading up to the split, the internet was abuzz with rumors of Haywood’s mounting dissatisfaction. He had reportedly grown tired of vocalists Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott riding on his coattails and begun expressing interest in doing something “a little more emo” on his own.
In an exclusive interview, Haywood’s former bandmates seemed quite shaken by the loss of the group’s center. Kelley offered: “It was obvious from the beginning that Dave would be the breakout star of the group. He was the only one who played an instrument – well, besides all the other players in the band, none of whom are credited as part of the group. We just never expected that Dave would go solo so soon. We thought we’d have a long run of at least three or four pop albums – I mean country albums.” Scott added: “Where on earth will we find another scruffy twentysomething guitar player?”
Haywood’s solo debut, tentatively titled That Guy, is due July 14 on Lyric Street Records. Although Haywood has been telling friends that the album will feature several collaborations with the Jonas Brothers, a representative for the tween boy band contends that the restraining order is still in effect.