Well-wishers packed Nashville’s Sambuca restaurant Tuesday (Aug. 3) to celebrate the success of “The House That Built Me,” the song Miranda Lambert recently nailed to the top of the Billboard charts for four consecutive weeks.
Honored in addition to Lambert were the song’s writers, Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, and the record’s producers, Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke.
“Miranda’s idea of having a No. 1 party,” said Gary Overton, head of Lambert’s record company, Sony Music Nashville, “is ‘Let’s do [the presentations] first and then have fun.'” With that, he brought Lambert and the other principals to the stage to receive their first round of awards.
WSM-AM disc jockey Bill Cody saluted Lambert and the songwriters on behalf of Country Radio Broadcasters. He said that in the old days, when radio stations still played vinyl records, Lambert’s heavily programmed version of “The House That Built Me” would have been marred eventually by “cue burns,” which, he explained, were the scratchy sounds caused by a needle being dropped repeatedly to start a record.
Fortunately, he added, digital technology enabled Lambert’s voice to come through today “in all her perfection.”
Clay Bradley, speaking for BMI, the performance rights organization with which Douglas is affiliated, proclaimed that “The House That Built Me” is “everything that makes country music great. This makes us all reflect on where we came from and where we’re going.”
(The song chronicles the return of an emotionally wounded wanderer to the house she grew up in and her hope to find healing there.)
Bradley noted the song is Douglas’ third No. 1 within the past 12 months and is Lambert’s second No. 1 from her current album, Revolution.
Tim DuBois, who runs Nashville’s ASCAP division, which is Shamblin’s home base, pointed out that, despite rumors to the contrary, songs still get cut because they’re great, not just because their writers have the proper political connections.
“What we have here,” DuBois said, “is a song written by two of Nashville’s best journeymen songwriters — seven years ago.” It is Shamblin’s sixth No. 1, he added.
Troy Tomlinson, president and CEO of Sony/ATV Music, Douglas’ publisher, said “The House That Built Me” is the kind of insightful song that makes listeners think the writers “have been looking through my family photo album [or] through my window.”
Tomlinson observed the song had originally been pitched to Blake Shelton, Lambert’s fiancé, and his producer, Scott Hendricks, and thanked them for relinquishing it to Lambert.
Shelton, who stood half way back in the crowd, shouted back in mock dismay, “We’re really f***ing happy about it.”
“This song means the world to me. It really does,” Lambert told the crowd. “I cry every single night I sing it.” She said Shelton played her the demo of the song on their drive home from an airport and that she cried for two hours after hearing it.
“I want to thank my FI-nancy,” she quipped, hillbillying the pronunciation. “I like to call him my FI-nancy, but I guess I’m going to be financing him after this.”
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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are mourning the loss of their puppy, Steve, who died in an accident over the weekend.
Miranda let her fans know via Twitter: “Please send prayers to our family. We lost our puppy Steve yesterday in an accident. He is happy In heaven now.”
Tweeted Blake: “Worst day for me in a long time. Rest in peace Steve. . . .” Blake also posted a pic of the pup riding shotgun with him.
Hundreds of fans and friends responded with messages of sympathy, leading Miranda to post:
“Thanks for all ur thoughts and prayers for Blake and I about Steve.”
Blake’s final thoughts: “So glad this day is almost over . . . Here’s to the hilarious times that only I had with the moron . . . Love y’all.”
Five months after his first “six pak,” Hillbilly Bone, country star Blake Shelton returns with his second, All About Tonight, due out Aug. 10. The EP of a half-dozen songs is led by the title-track single, a feel-good foot-stomper co-written by Rhett Atkins, which is already a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country charts.
“All About Tonight has a vibe to it from beginning to end,” Shelton says. “The songs make you want to play air guitar. Even the ballads have a more sing-along quality to them.”
The disc includes two collaborations with Shelton’s fiancée, Miranda Lambert. “Suffocating” is a ballad that Lambert co-wrote with Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, while the mid-tempo “Draggin’ the River” features Lambert on vocals.
“I am extremely excited about the duet with Miranda,” says Shelton. “It is the exact type of duet our fans would expect us to do. We sing about being crazy in love and running away.”
Another noteworthy tune is the wistful “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”
“I always wanted a song with a great pick-up line like George Strait’s ‘The Chair,’ ” Shelton explains. “Now I have my own.”
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Miranda Lambert invited her friends Kellie Pickler, Laura Bell Bundy and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott to join her in the video for her new single, “Only Prettier.” The video is a mini-movie about two rival cliques of girls attending a 1950’s high school sock hop. The ”Only Prettier” video will make its world premiere on VEVO August 3rd at 12AM ET with a 48-hour exclusive. The video will be available on all media outlets beginning August 5.
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I’ve added 38 photos of Miranda performing at the Lilith Fair in Noblesville, IN. She looks like she’s having an amazing time. Click the thumbnails below to view the photos!
Title: Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton Engagement Party
Location: Front Porch Farms
Miranda has been a client of FrontPage Publicity for several years. I’ve had the pleasure of being her publicist and promoting her music from the very first Sony CD and I am so proud of all that she has accomplished. When Miranda called to say Blake proposed, I was so over-the-top excited for them. Brian & I threw them a Front Porch Farms engagement party and it was so much fun! 920311814 blake miranda kristyn hogan 009 150×150 Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton Engagement Party
It was a who’s who of country music singers but even more fun than that was finally having the time to have Miranda, her manager and her parents out to the house. They have been around to hear about all the ups (our wedding) & downs (the tornado) of our own “House That Built Me” so it was a special time.
Caprice & her team at Enchanted Florist worked her magic with the flowers and helped me with our unique vintage & shabby chic displays (only she can show me how to love deer antlers on a table top)
and Shannon at Chef’s Market did an amazing job creating a menu that perfectly represented the couple’s favorite foods.
Blake & Tom at Nashville Event Lighting worked hours to turn the tent, house, pool and grounds into a romantic and rustic “picnic” style event (loved the twine balls!).
Tree Paine, Blake’s publicist had custom cowhide coozies as party favors and we did special all-access keepsake laminates.
Bacardi was happy to help with the party and supply the couple & guests with 3 signature drinks including the Mirandarita & Blakarita (Rum & diet sprite) which is their drink of choice. Det Distributing also contributed to the engagement festivities.
Rich Limousines transported guests up and down the hill who parked down below.
It wasn’t a late night as many had gigs the next day but it wrapped with some interesting interpretations of each other’s material as the pros put their pals on the spot to Karaoke compliments of Blair at Nashville Party Authority.