The CMA Songwriters Series returned to the Royale nightclub in Boston last night (July 11) and it brought country music royalty with it.
For the third year in a row, Boston fans were treated to a big star in a small venue as reigning Country Music Association Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert joined up-and-comer Kip Moore and award-winning songwriters Brett James and series host Bob DiPiero for a thrilling, two-hour writers’ round.
It was a relaxed affair featuring both big hits and deep cuts, tall tales and true stories, belly laughs and heartfelt tears. Brett talked about writing two No. 1 songs with Kenny Chesney—“Out Last Night” and “Reality”—in one session. Kip told an uproarious tale about a female fan calling out a ribald request at an inopportune moment during a performance of “Hey Pretty Girl.” And host Bob got the whole northern crowd singing along to “Southern Voice.”
Miranda may have been the night’s biggest star, but she was clearly thrilled to be part of the gang. She needled the boys, joked that she was going to get everyone’s autograph after the show and happily sang harmony vocals for her fellow writers. She was especially excited when she realized that Bob was going to sing one of her favorites that he had written. “Are you going to sing Diamond Rio?” she asked. “’Cause I’m going to crap my pants.” She then cheerfully raised her voice on “Mirror Mirror.”
Miranda also performed a handful of her own songs, including “Love Is Looking for You,” an early track close to her heart, and an emotional take on her CMA award winner “Over You.” She said it meant a lot to her to be recognized for that song and to be included in a show like this. “It was always my goal and dream as a songwriter to win Song of the Year for anything,” she said. “I love being an artist and touring and all that, but I love songwriting and that’s what I’m going to do until the day I die.”
On Thursday night, Miranda Lambert halted a show in Boston to playfully address reports suggesting she was pregnant, gay and heading for a divorce.
The country star, who is married to Blake Shelton, has been combating tabloid gossip about her private life for months, and during her appearance at the CMA Songwriters Series she decided to let fans know exactly what was true and what wasn’t.
The 29 year-old singer told the crowd, “For the record, I’m not pregnant – I’m drinking – and I’m not getting divorced. And I’m not gay, because I think (fellow country star) Kip Moore’s cute, and Blake knows about it.”
And she revealed to the audience that her song Famous in a Small Town has taken on a new meaning now that she and superstar Shelton have set up home in rural Oklahoma.
She added, “I’ve been pregnant, having twins, we’ve been separated, I’m drunk and alone, pregnant again, then we’re having twins again, and now we’re getting divorced. I can’t even name the stuff. It’s funny because I realize this song means even more to me now because I’m in the tabloids every week for being famous for something I didn’t even do, than for something I want to be famous for, which is playing my damn guitar and writing a song.”
And she assured fans she won’t be getting pregnant anytime soon: “Everybody’s having babies right now and it’s freaking me out. Blake’s in L.A. and I’m real glad; it’s like a million miles away from here. Get that thing away from me! Something’s in the water. No way. I have dogs. A lot of dogs.”
Miranda performed on July 12, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts on the Night Train Tour.
- Live Performances & Concerts > 2013 > 07/12/12 – Boston, Massachusetts ( Night Train Tour)
Happy 4th Of July Everybody! Thanks to Mila we now have 5 MQ photos from Miranda’s People Magazine photoshoot at her store the Pink Pistol taken earlier this year. You can view scans here. The photos are absolutely adorable so be sure to check them out, and please stop by one of Mila’s amazing sites!
- Photoshoots > 2013 > Set 006 – People Magazine
You may remember RaeLynn as the feisty Team Blake Shelton teen from The Voice Season 2. Her giant flower hair bows combined with her child beauty pageant costumes were pretty unforgettable. And now the country crooner is ready to start promoting her original music.
She already performed her first single, “Boyfriend,” on The Voice Season 3 in the winter, and this summer the singer is going on the road with her coach’s wife Miranda Lambert, country superstar Dierks Bentley, and Kix Brooks.
RaeLynn has always been close to Blake and Miranda and has performed on stage with Miranda and her group the Pistol Annies several times. She’s even earned the nickname of the “Little Annie.”
It’s nice to see that Blake and his family have continued to nurture this artist long after she’s left The Voice. The most interesting thing about RaeLynn’s connection to Blake and Miranda is the fact that she didn’t even make it to the semi-finals on The Voice.
The Texas teen left the competition early in Season 2 and Jermaine Paul went on to represent Blake in the finals, landing the singer his first win.
Will you go see RaeLynn on tour with Miranda, Dierks, and Kix? Tell us below!
Miranda Lambert has written or co-written several of her own biggest hits, including her No. 1 tune, ‘Over You,’ and now the singer will get a chance to show off even more of her writing skills. The 29-year-old is heading to Boston, Mass. to participate in the CMA Songwriters Series, where she will join several other tunesmiths for one unforgettable night.
Sharing the stage with Lambert on Thursday, July 11 at the famed Royale Boston Nightclub will be Kip Moore, Brett James and Bob DiPiero, who will also serve as the evening’s host.
“Nashville’s songwriters are the best in the world and CMA is excited to return to Boston to showcase some of these spectacular artists again,” CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore explains (quote via Taste of Country). “It’s great to see how this series has grown since it began in 2005, expanding to play in cities across the US, and overseas in places like the UK and Paris as well. Boston has given us such a warm reception and we are thrilled to continue to share the remarkable stories behind the hit songs with the terrific fans there.”
The CMA Songwriters Series will also play in Chicago, Austin, Nashville and New York later this year. Tickets for the July 11 show are already sold out.
Miranda Lambert still isn’t done releasing singles from 2011?s Four The Record, with the current ACM Female Vocalist of the Year announcing that the colorful “All Kinds of Kinds” will serve as the disc’s fifth single. Sony’s confirmed a radio add date of June 24, and also released what must be the worst cover art of 2013 (sorry JT).
It’ll be interesting to see how receptive the conservative country fans in the honky tonks are to Miranda’s lyrics about a cross-dressing congressmen and a pharmacist who drugs her kids with Ritalin, but the final single from a hit album is always a good opportunity to take a risk. It was either gonna be this or the blurry alt-country of “Fine Tune,” which would’ve struggled to garner airplay on the same stations that sent all four of Four The Records singles into the top ten of the country music charts.
Anyway, the real issue at hand is Lambert’s fifth studio album and its mystery release date. If she were to stick to her usual schedule, it’d be out before Christmas, but “All Kinds of Kinds” makes that virtually impossible. Country songs take months to build at radio, and unless Miranda Lambert magically transforms into Rihanna overnight, there’s just not enough time in the year left for a final Four The Record single and a new lead single from her next album. She also recently told an Arizona publication that she won’t hit the studio to start recording her “fun” new album until August, so we’re guesstimating that Mrs. Shelton probably won’t come out with her Four The Record follow-up until some time next year.
In the meantime, you’ll just have to enjoy “All Kinds of Kinds” and the latest Pistal Annies album.
Miranda Lambert is having a pretty good time of it.
When “Four the Record” topped the Billboard country chart in November 2011, she became the first artist in that chart’s 47-year history to have her first four albums debut at No. 1.
She also picked up album of the year at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards.
At this year’s ACMs, she took home song and single of the year for “Over You,” a chart-topping ballad she co-wrote with husband Blake Shelton, while adding a fourth consecutive female vocalist of the year ACM to her list of accomplishments.
At 29, she’s pretty much as big as country singers get without overtly crossing over into pop like Taylor Swift.
And that makes Lambert kind of nervous.
“It’s a little scary,” she says, “because I’ll never know when it’s just gonna stop. And I am just afraid it’s gonna stop abruptly.”
Lambert laughs, then adds, “I’m like, ‘OK, when’s the other shoe gonna drop. This is all too good.’ Everybody has a point in their career where they kind of hit their prime, and I feel like that’s where Blake and I both are right now, and it’s really great to celebrate that together.”
It’s pointed out that she and Shelton, who stars as a mentor/judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” are something of a country-music power couple.
“We are,” Lambert says, with another laugh. “And that’s so weird because when we first met, we never would have thought that. And we didn’t get together to try to be that. But it sure is nice to not feel like one is ahead of the other. It’s really kind of equal with all the great things going on. It’s fun because it’s neat to watch each other.
“And now, when it starts to go down, we’ll be on the downhill, slowing-down slope together, which might be nice as well.”
Asked if she finds herself thinking about the downhill slope ahead when she’s making a record, Lambert answers quickly and emphatically.
“Yeah!” she says. “I mean, I freak out every time. I’m like a basket case when it’s time to make a record. I get so nervous as to ‘Is this gonna work? Is this gonna be the album that stops selling, that stops getting nominated?’ I know that I can’t live like that. I can’t do my whole career like that. But it definitely crosses my mind.”
One thing she does not do, though, Lambert says, is let those kind of thoughts define the music she records.
“I never will,” she says. “To me, playing it safe is when it will end. I have never played it safe. I don’t go into the studio going ‘I’m gonna be different’ or ‘I’m gonna do something crazy.’ I just do what I like. And if it’s not safe, well, that has to be what it is. I’m always gonna do that. If I write a song I love, I cut it. It is just that simple.