Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s new duet, ‘Draggin’ the River,’ from Blake’s ‘All About Tonight’ album, chronicles a couple’s plan to elope after the bride’s father refuses his blessing for their marriage. “This here is our love story,” Blake sings on the track, which unfortunately has no chance of being a single.
“It won’t be released to radio,” Blake tells The Boot. “What sucks is that she and I would love for it to be released to radio. We’ve even talked about even doing a video for it.”
Blake’s label is Warner Music Nashville, while Miranda is on Columbia Records, which causes some conflict in working together. “The way it ends up working out with the record companies trying to time singles for her and for me,” Blake explains, “it just ends up not working timing wise. It’s not the first or the last time something like that’s gonna happen. We don’t let it stop us from writing or recording together.”
Much like the song, Miranda and Blake are currently planning their own wedding.
“2010 will not be forgotten in my world,” Miranda told People earlier this year. “Weddings are great and engagements are great and diamonds are especially great … But I’m just excited to be married, because I want to tell Blake I really can love him the rest of my life and be happy and make him happy.”
The engagement itself was a perfect example of life imitating art, more specifically song, just with a happier ending. “He called my dad and got his blessing first,” Miranda said. “That was so Southern and old-school and perfect.”
Adding to the couple’s busy schedule, Blake was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend. His first greatest hits package, ‘Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton,’ is due in stores November 9. Combined, Blake and Miranda are up for 12 trophies at the 44th Annual CMA Awards November 10, airing live on ABC 8PM ET/PT.
“ROAD TO THE CMA AWARDS” (Check local listings for exacts airdates/times in your city) – “Road to the CMA Awards” is a half hour special airing on local ABC affiliates. It provides a fascinating sneak peek at “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” Packed with artist interviews and highlights from past CMA Awards it features Trace Adkins, Danny Gokey, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. “Road to the CMA Awards” offers fans an opportunity to hear and see these artists’ favorite memories from past CMA Awards, as well as find out what it was like to be nominated and perform for the first time.
“IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH ROBIN ROBERTS: ALL ACCESS NASHVILLE,” (10:01-11:00 PM/ET) – Robin Roberts once again puts on her cowboy boots for an hour-long special which will give viewers an all-access pass into the homes and private lives of Country Music’s biggest stars. Roberts will get up close and personal with such Country superstars as Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood. The special also takes viewers inside the amazing homes of some of Country Music’s biggest stars, including an exclusive tour of Kellie Pickler’s new Nashville home.
Set to hit the stage tonight at John Paul Jones Arena, country singer Miranda Lambert spoke with tableau about her current tour, her successes during the past year and life on the road.
tableau: By the time you reach Charlottesville, you will have been on tour for about a month — how would you describe the experience, and how has it compared to other tours that you have done?
Lambert: Fantastic is the short answer. I feel that I have been on the road with truly amazing artists and learned a great deal along the way, and I am sure I will continue to go out and support many more headliners as the time goes on. But it was time for me to try out what it would be to ask my fans to come and see me play. I think it’s very important to grow as a performer and sometimes that means stepping out from the safe zone of the draw of a major star.
tableau: You’re now touring in support of your third album Revolution. Does it really feel like it’s been five years since you released Kerosene?
Lambert: Time has flown by so fast, but professionally I’m more comfortable in my live show, as I had a chance to get better at entertaining partly by watching all the incredible artists I had a chance to tour with in the past, and partly because I have come to know myself better.
tableau: So what’s your favorite part of touring?
Lambert: When I’m on stage every weekend and people are singing lyrics that I wrote back to me, at the top of their lungs, or when I’m in a meet-and-greet and someone says, “Your song ‘Gunpowder and Lead’ got me out of a really bad relationship, an abusive relationship.” That’s what we do this for. It’s to touch people with our music — that’s my favorite part.
Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor TV for the American Sportsman, welcomes country music stars Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as the couple joins the hosts from Country Boys Outdoors to explore the gator-infested habitats of Florida for some monster gators. The episode will air Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30pm ET, during the Big Game Wednesdays programming block, exclusively on Sportsman Channel. Hosted by NBA star Brad Miller and producer Jon Brunson, Country Boys Outdoors joins two long-time friends as they travel the world for big-game hunting adventures and wild and entertaining experiences.
The Wednesday’s episode, “Gator,” finds Brunson and Miller joining Shelton and Lambert in Florida to do some big-time gator hunting with guide Terry Parlier of Wild Florida Outfitters. The group is focused on monster gators—9 feet and larger—as they explore Florida’s terrain by foot and by boat. Parlier leads the group through miles of irrigation canals, retention lakes, as well as vast wetlands and marshes, on the lookout for some bad boys. The group gets up-close and personal with a few gators—too close in some instances—as they experience the thrill and exhilaration of Florida alligator hunting at its best.
“Here are two true country people going gator hunting for the first time in prime, gator-infested Florida,” said Miller. “This gets wild, exciting and funny. Sportsman Channel viewers are going to love this episode.”
“Got my gator-hunting gloss (lip) on for this experience to bring me luck,” commented Lambert during the episode. “This is hands-down the craziest and most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Miranda Lambert’s edginess may have made some Nashville executives a little nervous when she arrived on the scene, but three albums into a still-skyrocketing career, her place in mainstream country has been secured by adoring fans.
A sold-out crowd at the SpiritBank Event Center almost never left its feet for her CMT-sponsored Revolution Tour on Thursday night.
Talent may have been the East Texan’s ticket in the door, but her relatability is what country fans everywhere have embraced.
With her self-styled mop of blond hair, simple jeans and black shirt, Lambert proclaimed her affinity for drinking, tattoos and deer-hunting between songs about small-town life, cheating men and bad habits.
She started her set with her current smash hit, the tongue-in-cheek “Only Prettier,” and then set the pace for the rest of the evening with the incendiary “Kerosene.”
Then, she got out her big, pink acoustic guitar for her second-album highlight and twang-tinged “Famous in a Small Town,” which led into an abbreviated version of Hal Ketchum’s “Small Town Saturday Night.”
Then, she took a moment to greet her adopted home state by reminding the crowd that she has lived on a farm near Tishomingo for nearly three years.
People even stayed out of their seats for the slower, regret-filled “Dead Flowers” and “More Like Her.”
She spoke of her Texas mama’s initial horror at her relationship with now-fiancé and fellow country music star Blake Shelton.
“Since I’ve been to Tulsa last, I have gotten engaged. He happens to be an Okie. You might have heard of him,” Lambert said to an applauding crowd.
After “Love Song,” she cranked it up for “Heart Like Mine” and “Time to Get a Gun.”
She even prefaced the edgiest of her singles to date by confessing, “I’m one of those redneck chicks – one of those crazy ones.”
Then, she launched into “I’m goin’ home, gonna load my shotgun. Wait by the door and light a cigarette. … I’m gonna show him what little girls are made of. Gunpowder and lead.”
Opening act Eric Church was a real crowd-pleaser with his high-octane hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Guys Like Me” and “Hell on the Heart.”
New-to-country Josh Kelly opened the concert. The singer-songwriter is best known as the husband of actress Katherine Heigl and older brother of Charles Kelly of one the most popular acts in country music today, Lady Antebellum.
He was a pop act with one hit to his credit, “Only You,” until he signed with MCA Nashville late last year. The audience in Bixby seemed to appreciate his vocal talents and his first country single, “Georgia Clay”, which was released in August.
Revolution, Miranda Lambert’s critically-acclaimed third album, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Album Charts, making her one of four artists in country music history whose first three albums landed in the top position right out of the box. The project quickly surpassed the Gold sales mark and produced two No. 1 singles. “The House That Built Me,” held the top position for four weeks, following “White Liar” which was Lambert’s first career No. 1.
Revolution was recorded with the same producers, Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke, and same musicians as her previous albums, Kerosene and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. It features 15 tracks, the vast majority of which were recorded in one whirlwind session in early 2009.
“I mean every word I say in every lyric of every song on this record, and every record I’ve ever done,” Miranda declares. “I would never take back one word or lyric or point I’ve ever made, because it’s part of who I am. And there are plenty of artists who wouldn’t do so much of that, if that’s the kind of music you’re into. But if you’re into honesty, I have the records for you,” she laughs.
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