Opening with the lead track on Palomino, the highly anticipated new album from the woman celebrated in the May issue of Rolling Stone (on stands now) as “country music’s most ambitious artist,” Miranda Lambert let the at-capacity crowd at Thursday night’s show in Nashville know from the start that they were in for a night of musical celebration, living life unbridled, together.
“Got my own kind of country, kind of funky, turn it up” she taunted during the sassy “Actin’ Up” opener, settling in on stage at the scenic FirstBank Amphitheater on the eve of her 15-track, eighth solo album release. Fans were also treated to a live performance of two additional songs off the project available everywhere now; Top 20-and-climbing single “If I Was a Cowboy” and the bluesy-ramble “Strange.”
“I know I’ve thrown a couple new ones at y’all tonight – thanks to singing along to those, by the way,” Lambert shared just 10 songs into a 21-song set. “I was thinking about songs that mean the world to me and the times in my life when I really needed them. I always go back to this one because I’m a sucker for a sad song,” she continued, settling into the spotlight solo with her acoustic Gibson guitar for a poignant rendition of her ACM Song of the Year “Tin Man.”
Fans were surprised midway through Lambert’s set, as Pistol Annies bandmate Ashley Monroe joined Lambert for a touching duet of “Heart Like Mine” before tour special guest The Cadillac Three’s front man Jaren Johnston also joined the party for an all-sing cover of Little Feat’s “Willin’.”
With Variety applauding “her particular gift for navigating the many shades of gray between liberation and longing,” Lambert leaned into that notion of being torn between home and the road that informs so much of her brand-new record during “Settling Down” off her most recent GRAMMY Award-winning album, 2019’s Wildcard.
Lambert also took fans back to her earliest days with her first Top 20 hit, “Kerosene,” which was followed by several other high-energy fan favorites throughout the night, including “Gunpowder and Lead” and “Mama’s Broken Heart.”
Lambert’s unique ability to juxtapose such blazing tracks with a vulnerable and reflective side that has earned her a record-setting 37 ACM Awards to date was also evident as she wowed the sold-out crowd with moving renditions of ballads such as “The House That Built Me” and Double-Platinum No. 1, “Bluebird.”
The evening also marked the first “Fill the Little Red Wagon” drive of the year, with attendees encouraged to donate pet food, treats, supplies and funds for local animal shelter Williamson County Animal Shelter on behalf of Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation. Donation sites will also be set up at each stop on Lambert’s co-headlining The Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town, kicking off next Friday, May 6 in her home state of Texas.
Following the spring tour and a summer of headlining festival dates, Lambert will open her recently announced Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Zappos Theater this September, with dates scheduled through April 2023.
For more information on all upcoming dates and new music, visit www.MirandaLambert.com and follow on socials at @MirandaLambert.
About Miranda Lambert Available everywhere now, Palomino, the eighth solo album from Vanner Records/RCA Nashville superstar Miranda Lambert, is the latest installment in a storied career that has spanned seven consecutive No. 1 solo albums, 10 No. 1 hit radio singles, more than 70 prestigious awards and countless sales certifications, earning the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year praise from NPR as “the most riveting country star of her generation.”
Following 2019’s critically acclaimed release of her GRAMMY Award-winning album, Wildcard, the Texas native ushered in her next musical era with the recent release of Palomino lead single “If I Was a Cowboy” (currently climbing the Top 20 at Country radio), while also adding her voice to Netflix’s new season of Queer Eye with inclusive anthem “Y’all Means All.” She is set to hit the road on The Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town this spring and will kick off her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in September.
In addition to Wildcard, the celebrated singer/songwriter’s lauded discography includes The Weight of These Wings (2016), Platinum (2014), Four The Record (2011), Revolution (2009), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007) and Kerosene (2005). She has also released three albums with her trio, the Pistol Annies, as well as 2021’s The Marfa Tapes, a critically acclaimed and GRAMMY-nominated, raw and intimate recording with collaborators Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
The most decorated artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music, Lambert has earned 37 ACM Awards (including the current ACM Entertainer of the Year title and a record-setting nine consecutive Female Artist of the Year Awards), 14 CMA Awards, three GRAMMY Awards, the Nashville Symphony Harmony Award, ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award and ACM Song of the Decade Award, plus was named 2019’s RIAA Artist of the Year. She is the youngest artist ever to serve as the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Artist in Residence, joining a legendary list of predecessors including Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark, Tom T. Hall, Jerry Douglas and more.
Her clothing and cowboy boot collection, Idyllwind, is a private-label brand sold at all Boot Barn stores nationwide. For more information, visit www.idyllwind.com.
Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit has raised over $6 million since its inception in 2009. The Foundation’s mission is to promote the adoption of rescue pets, support animal shelters across the country, advance spay & neuter and assist with the transport of animals during times of natural disaster. For more information, visit www.muttnation.com.
- Actin’ Up (Miranda Lam bert, Luke Dick, Jon Randall)
- Scenes (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
- In His Arms (Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall)
- Geraldene (Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall)
- Tourist (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
- Music City Queen feat. The B-52’s (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
- Strange (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
- Wandering Spirit (Mick Jagger, James Rippeto)
- I’ll Be Lovin’ You (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Jon Randall)
- That’s What Makes the Jukebox Play (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
- Country Money (Miranda Lambert, Aaron Raitiere, Mikey Reaves)
- If I Was a Cowboy (Miranda Lambert, Jesse Frasure)
- Waxahachie (Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall)
- Pursuit of Happiness (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
- Carousel (Miranda Lambert, Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby)
Produced by Jon Randall, Luke Dick and Miranda Lambert
Additional Production by Mikey Reaves on “Country Money”