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.
Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution” keeps on turning, propelling the singer-songwriter into a new orbit among country music’s top stars.
Released 13 months ago, the Tishomingo resident’s third album spawned her first two No. 1 hits with “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me,” and the next single, “Only Prettier,” is streaking up the charts. “Revolution” is nominated for album of the year at next month’s venerable Country Music Association Awards and December’s new American Country Music Awards. The follow-up to her acclaimed records “Kerosene” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” also has been certified platinum.
“When I was in the studio with it, I just kind of had this feeling, I guess because I was really open and I was really kind of reinventing myself musically. I opened up, and I wasn’t that ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ persona as much. I really showed the fans how many more sides there is to me,” Lambert said in a telephone interview from Murray, Ky. “I love this record so much, and it’s just been a huge blessing in my life.”
Her tour arrangements indicate just how far her star has risen. She opened this year on Brad Paisley’s blockbuster tour, embarked on her first headlining trek in spring with her “Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars” tour, and warmed up crowds over the summer for the Brooks & Dunn “Last Rodeo” tour. Now, she is headlining “CMT on Tour: Miranda Lambert Revolution.”
The CMT tour will play Tulsa’s SpiritBank Event Center on Thursday and Thackerville’s WinStar World Casino on Friday.
“I’ve just worked really hard to try to tweak my show to make it great. And we try to make every night better the last night,” she said. “This tour is really big, and it’s such a huge, huge opportunity for me to … get out there and kind of put my stake in the ground as a female entertainer.”
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“To say that 2010 has been an exciting and amazing year seems like an understatement,” says country music’s latest darling, Miranda Lambert. She’s not kidding. This year alone, the 26-year-old has gotten engaged to country singer and soon-to-be-inducted Grand Ole Opry member Blake Shelton; recorded a version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with Loretta Lynn and Sheryl Crow (“She told me I was feisty!” Lambert told Rolling Stone about Lynn); scored an unprecedented nine Country Music Association Award nominations; and is deep into a North American tour that will see her through the end of the year.
“It’s now about fans buying a ticket with my name on it,” Lambert, who checked in with Rolling Stone on the eve of the tour’s kickoff last month, said of ascending to the ranks of tour headliner. “It’s important I deliver a great show and a good time.” She delivered both in spades: From the moment Lambert stepped onto the stage (as Steve Earle’s “The Revolution Starts Now” played in the background), Lambert bore the look of someone who knows she’s made it to the big time — and couldn’t be more ecstatic about it.
Her set is certainly arena-sized, as Lambert and her five-piece band tore through a rollicking 20-song, 90-minute setlist heavy on tunes from her 2009 CMA-nominated album Revolution — which was certified platinum just last week — along with several covers sprinkled in. She pays homage to her idol, Merle Haggard, with a reverential rendition of “Misery and Gin.” (“After Blake [Shelton] and I get married and divorced, I’m going to marry Merle Haggard,” Lambert joked to the New York crowd, “he just doesn’t know it yet!”) She also rolled out Dwight Yoakam’s “Long White Cadillac” and Rick Derringer’s “Rock & Roll Hootchie Koo.”
Lambert acknowledges her country and Southern rock forebears in her cover tunesbut she — and the audience — really come alive on her own songs. On the foot-stomping crowd-pleasers like “Sin for a Sin,” “Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go” and “Kerosene” — the title track from Lambert’s platinum-selling debut album — the Texas native doesn’t hesitate to let loose. At times she just dances in a frenzied circle, clapping her hands excitedly, as if she knows she’s on top of the world and still can’t believe it’s actually happening. Indeed, despite Revolution being her third album, she still seems giddy about the perks of fame. She even tweeted a photo of her wineglass while on a first-class flight recently.
“I still don’t think of myself as famous,” Lambert tells RS. “I think it’s also easier for me as I live on my farm in the middle of nowhere in a very small town in Oklahoma where people know who I am, but to them I’m just Miranda.”
I’ve added 26 photos to the gallery of Miranda performing yesterday (October 17, 2010) at Dierks Bentley’s – 5th Annual Miles & Music For Kids Celebrity Motorcycle Ride And Benefit Concert. Be sure to check out the photos!
EDIT: Below I’ve added a video of Miranda, Dierks Bentley, and Jerrod Niemann singing “Bad Angel”
After half a century in the music business, Loretta Lynn is to be honored at next month’s CMA Awards, when Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow deliver a special performance of Lynn’s signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Lambert and Crow also sang a version of the 1970 hit with Lynn on a tribute album due out Nov. 9. The two were among an eclectic group of artists chosen for the album by Lynn herself – who hand-wrote personal notes to each asking them to participate – among them, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Paramore, Alan Jackson and Steve Earle.
Lynn, who was voted the CMA’s first female Entertainer of the Year in 1972, told PEOPLE she admires how Lambert (nominated for nine CMAs, including Entertainer of the Year) brings the “sassy” to her vocals. “I absolutely love her,” says Lynn, 75. “You have to stop and watch her when you see her.”
The 44th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Underwood and Brad Paisley, will air Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Previously announced performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.
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