Miranda Lambert’s On Fire Tour stopped in Toledo recently, just weeks after her husband Blake Shelton’s tour played the same city. Toldeo’s The Blade caught up with Miranda via email and asked her what fans could expect from her headlining show, compared to what they already seen from Blake.
“My shows are always a mix of songs from all my albums plus some rocking cover songs,” she said. “It’s always exciting having new material, though, so we will be incorporating a lot of songs from Four the Record. We use screens in back with graphics reflecting the lyrics and energy of the songs, and I always love having part of the stage extend out into the pit in front, so I can be as close to the audience as possible.”
Miranda broke onto the country scene when she finished third on Nashville Star. Even then, she was making music on her own terms. From her very first album, 2005’s Kerosene, Miranda has written and recorded the songs she wanted to sing, whether they were considered radio-friendly or not.
“When I started my career, I was a young woman with a lot to say and probably a bit of a chip on my shoulder,” she said. “I decided early on that no one was going to dictate what kind of songs I sang, so I learned how to play guitar and write my own. I expected to make music my whole life because I didn’t know what else I would ever want to do. Instead of going to college, I spent my time out on the road learning how to be a better musician.”
Loretta Lynn recently named Miranda as an artist that reminded her most of herself. For Miranda, who, along with Sheryl Crow, joined Loretta for a rendition of Loretta’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” on last year’s ACM Awards, she couldn’t receive a higher praise – or praise Loretta high enough.
“Loretta is one of my biggest heroes,” Miranda said. “I think she and I love and believe in the same kind of songwriting – authentic, no-holds-barred country songs. I know I’ve always thought that she is one of the strongest women in music, and I hope I can set that kind of example as well. I would love to have a career like hers where I am still making music that I love well into my later years.”
Miranda has received numerous accolades in recent years. She’s the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, picked up both the CMA and ACM Awards for Album of the Year for her Revolution album, and won a GRAMMY for her hit “The House That Built Me.” There is still one career goal she has her sights set on, however.
“I would love to have a song that I wrote by myself to win a “song of the year” award,” she told The Blade. “There is just something special, something that makes you reach deep down into who you are as an artist, when you write a song all on your own. I wrote “Dear Diamond” and “Safe” on “Four the Record” on my own, and I am so proud of those songs.”