Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert thought notoriety would afford, or even demand, a wall of some sort between herself and her public.
“I guess I thought, ‘I’ll have this stage persona,’ ” said Lambert, whose new Revolution album is among the most acclaimed country sets of 2010 and who enters Wednesday, Nov. 11’s, Country Music Association Awards as a top female vocalist nominee. “But I’m into my third album now, and everything has been based on my true person.
“The problem with having a ‘persona’ is that you might get caught being yourself.”
That is, Lambert assures, a good thing.
At a recent tour rehearsal, Lambert had plenty of people around to ensure she offers no false front. Her mother and father watched from across the room as she led her band through the material from Revolution. Her boyfriend, fellow country artist Blake Shelton, looked up every now and again from his cell phone texting and sang along quietly while sending out Twitter postings. And her little dog, apparently a fan of ballads, walked toward her when she began “The House That Built Me,” arriving at her feet by the first chorus and in her arms by the second verse.
In conversation before the rehearsal, Lambert glowed when talking about recent experiences around Merle Haggard and Patty Loveless, both of whom she counts as inspirations.
“The fact that Patty Loveless knows my music at all, that made me really pumped,” she said. “This is the first time I’ve made a record that I want my heroes to hear. This one, I’d hand it to my heroes with no hesitation.”
Lambert released Revolution in September with a sold-out Ryman Auditorium show built around playing the album from beginning to end. The show drew artists including Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Marshall Chapman.
Miranda Lambert is one of country music’s hottest acts. Songs like “Kerosene”, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and “Dead Flowers” have climbed the charts. It’s no wonder her concert Friday night at Belterra Casino and Resort in Florence, Indiana sold out earlier this week.
Country fans can however still get tickets for Blake Shelton’s show Saturday night.
Call Belterra at 812-427-7777 for more information.
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Carrie did an interview with CMT Insider where she was asked how it feels to have ushered in a new era, she says she didn’t, Miranda did!
In the ’90s Garth Brooks was such a megastar and, instantly, all of these labels were trying to sign the new Garth Brooks. All of these young guys in hats were getting deals. Then you came along and became so successful, it seemed like all these labels were trying to sign the next Carrie Underwood. All of a sudden, you’ve got all these beautiful young blondes with big voices getting deals. How does it feel to kind of be responsible for kind of ushering in this new era?
I don’t know if I ever really thought about it that way because I think of people like Miranda [Lambert] who were around before I was. So you could say she started it all. It’s her fault. (laughs)
The Craven Country Jamboree has already lined up some impressive talent to headline its main stage from July 15 – 18, 2010. Martina McBride, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert have all joined the roster in addition to Kenny Chesney, who was announced earlier as the first major headliner performing at Craven next summer. Festival organizers announced the additions at a press conference this morning in Regina.
Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert will get the annual Saskatchewan party started on Friday, July 16. Martina McBride will headline the Saturday, July 17 line up on the main stage, marking her first return to Saskatchewan in many years. Kenny Chesney rounds out the weekend with his headline main stage performance on Sunday, July 18.
“Every year we try to bring our fans something bigger and better,” said Brian Andrews, show producer. “But we know that one big name rarely sells out a festival so we work hard to make sure our line-up has something for everyone to enjoy.”
More artists on the Craven 2010 schedule were announced this morning including Crystal Shawanda, Kevin Costner and Modern West, Diamond Rio, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Neal McCoy, Charley Pride and Collin Raye. Comedy duo Williams and Ree will be back on stage at Craven for their sixth year in a row. More acts for the 2010 Craven Country Jamboree are to be announced soon.
Less than 7,000 weekend passes are still available for next year’s Craven Country Jamboree. They are price at $179 (plus applicable taxes) for the best party of the summer. Tickets are available online at cravencountryjamboree.com, toll-free 1-866-388-0007, in Regina at 306-757-0007
Carrie Underwood recently did a interview where she mentioned Ran.
NASHVILLE (Billboard) – Carrie Underwood just spent several hours sitting in Audio Productions — a Music Row radio and TV production facility — doing interviews with radio stations across the country, but she looks fresh and relaxed as she prepares for her final chat of the day. She talks with the engineer about how excited she is to hear Miranda Lambert’s new CD, “Revolution.” And when someone offers to give her a copy, Underwood sweetly protests, “Oh, no, I’m going to buy it.”
Paramore’s Hayley recently did a interview, she talked about an upcoming show at the Ryman and how she recently saw Miranda at the Ryman.
How do you feel about playing the Ryman on Sunday?
I’m so stoked, man. I’ve only seen a handful of shows there. The first show I ever saw there was Coldplay, and then I saw Dashboard Confessional. I most recently saw Miranda Lambert there, which I guess is more in the traditional spirit of the Ryman. I was blown away. She did a cover of Patsy Cline’s ‘Crazy’ without the mic, and it was like being there at the original shows at the Opry, hearing the way it was intended to be without the P.A. and the sound system. It was so cool.
I’m really psyched. I like the room. We don’t normally play seated venues, so that’s going to be different. I think in any other situation, I’d be bummed, because I like our fans to be packed like sardines and standing around, but this is a totally different experience. I’m psyched because of the history. I’m psyched because it sounds great in there and it’s gorgeous. I think we’re definitely going to bring the rock to the Ryman and it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Here’s another great review of ‘Revolution’ from matctimes.com written by Duane Rodriguez:
Country music has a long history of bad asses, like Johnny Cash telling the prisoners in San Quentin that he “shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.” They’ve all been guys though, I mean Dolly Parton isn’t so tough, and I bet I could kick Minnie Pearl’s butt.
Say hello to Miranda Lambert and her third release Revolution (Columbia), then duck. This is a pretty tough girl – and not in the Wynona Judd I’m-as-big-as-a-linebacker tough. I mean she takes a gun and shoots her radio on “Maintain the Pain.”
That aside, confident artists make confident records and Lambert is busting full of it. It’s not a Ryan Adams alternate-country record though. This is a country record first and foremost. Lambert can write. She’s a pretty damned good singer, too, who’s got that country snarl down pat.
This is different, a pretty girl worthy of a recording contract.
Producer Frank Liddell has made this album mean and lean. He gets Lambert to the point and makes her stick it. There’s no fat here; a third of the CD’s 15 tracks clock in at under three minutes.
Standouts include “White Liar,” “Time to Get a Gun,” “Sin for a Sin” and “Dead Flowers” which is her strongest effort to date.
Move over boys, there’s a Revolution goin’ on… Miranda Lambert started it and I bet she finishes it.
Miranda Lambert attended the IEBA 2009 Honors at Ryman Auditorium on October 12, 2009. She was pictured with Joey Lee, Lorrie Morgan, and Jamey Johnson. I added 4 pictures to the gallery.