Georgia Bulldogs: Charles Kelley

Country music stars talk Georgia football

September, 14, 2012
The University of Georgia has always had celebrity fans who can often be spotted on the sidelines. In the home opener against Buffalo, Georgia fans cheered as actor Samuel L. Jackson narrated the "Commit to the G" video that played on the scoreboard. Jackson was in Athens recently and took in a Bulldogs’ practice after a round of golf with Mark Fox, the men’s basketball coach.

The Athens music scene is known nationwide for such alternative bands such as R.E.M., Widespread Panic, The B-52’s and the Drive-By Truckers. Recently though, the Georgia sidelines have taken on a more rural flavor as some UGA alumni and fans sit atop the country music charts.

Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, two members of country music’s most popular vocal group, Lady Antebellum, both graduated from Georgia in 2004. They try to take in games when their schedule allows. Jason Aldean, who won two Billboard Music Awards in 2012, has an entire Bulldog room in his house. Luke Bryan is also a huge fan and the winner of multiple CMT Music Awards. He will be performing in Athens on Oct. 11, and many Georgia football players have already tweeted that they would be in attendance.

Bryan and Aldean recently spoke to Southern Living magazine about tailgating and their beloved Bulldogs. Read what they had to say here.


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