Kris Kristofferson, Lady Antebellum and Jason Isbell are set to perform April 7th on the next edition of Skyville Live, which will stream exclusively online at SkyvilleLive.com. The innovative concert series debuted in January with a special show featuring Martina McBride, Gladys Knight and British R&B songstress Estelle.
Lady A’s Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley are currently overseas on their Wheels Up Tour, performing March 5th at Glasgow, Scotland’s Clyde Auditorium and continuing with dates in the U.K. and Australia. Before beginning their U.S. leg of the trek in May, the seven-time Grammy winners will come home to Nashville for this innovative new webcast.
“We’re quick to embrace opportunities like Skyville Live,” Lady A’s Dave Haywood writes in a statement. “Helping kickstart a new and unique event, especially alongside an idol like Kristofferson, is a really great way for us to reach our fans across the world. Hopefully it’ll give us a chance to make a few new ones too.”
In addition to performing songs from their own stable of hits, Lady A and Isbell will also pay homage to Kristofferson by performing some of the classics that have been cornerstones in the singer-songwriter’s legendary career. A member of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, Kristofferson is known for such iconic hits as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “For the Good Times,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” He released his 28th album, Feeling Mortal, in 2013 and was recently honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Isbell is an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose fourth album, Southeastern, won Album of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards. The Alabama native was also named Artist of the Year and took home Song of the Year for “Cover Me Up.” He’s currently in the studio working on his next album and will also be touring extensively in 2015 — along with welcoming his first child with wife Amanda Shires.
The goal of Skyville Live is to bring together artists from different genres and provide viewers the opportunity to witness unique collaborations. “There’s a wonderful spirit on this show,” Knight told Rolling Stone Country during the January taping. “I’ve been on at least a thousand shows and at times the spirit of the shows doesn’t come together. The spirit in this show is so beautiful and so warm. We don’t compete. We perform together and support each other.”
“People can sit around in their pajamas and watch wherever they want,” McBride added of the show’s appeal on the other side of the computer screen. “We’ll be able to reach people in their homes in a different way and almost a more personal way.”
Skyville Live is filmed before a small studio audience in Nashville. The webisode featuring Kristofferson, Lady Antebellum and Isbell and will be streamed live online at 8:00 p.m. ET on April 7th.