According to the group's bio, "their old-school influences led them to choose an
old-time moniker, inspired by a just-for-fun photo shoot in front of an
Antebellum-style home: Lady Antebellum. 'There's not anything too
terribly meaningful behind it,'" says bandmember Dave Charles.
Really? So if the group had been hanging around in front of a Tudor home they'd be Lady Tudor? Or if they'd met at a Bernard Maybeck bungalow they'd be Lady Craftsman? Or if they met at my old apartment they'd be Lady Shithole?
Glancing at the lyrics to Lady Antebellum's songs, it seems they're hardly celebrating the glory of the land of cotton -- old times there are not forgotten. It seems they specialize in tender love ballads. So why choose an "old-school moniker" that hearkens to the days when men owned each other? You know, a lot of people don't exactly have positive associations with that time.
If a European group sported the title Lady Anschluss -- it would seem odd, no?