Miranda Lambert to perform at arena
Fresh off their duo performance on the Grammy Awards last Sunday evening, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley bring their new country music to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on Saturday night.
Not only did Lambert and Bentley perform on the Grammy telecast, they were both nominated for an award as well. Bentley was nominated for Best Country Solo Performance and Lambert was nominated for Country Album of the Year.
The Locked and Reloaded Tour featuring Lambert and Bentley will hit the Big Sandy arena stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.16. Opening up the show will be Thomas Rhett. Tickets are $51.75 and $27.50. More information can be found at www.bigsandyarena.com.
Lambert's rise in the country music business has been steady. But, it wasn't all that long ago when she was working on her singing chops in her native Texas, looking for that big break.
"It was hard being a girl in the Texas bar scene, but that's also where I learned so much about being a performer," said Lambert, in an interview with The Herald-Dispatch. "My Dad would play guitar with me, and there might not have been many people in the rooms, but I always had my parents supporting me, and I always tried to entertain."
Since then, if course, Lambert has gone on to headlining tours and No. 1 hit songs. And, she is married to the country music and TV star Blake Shelton, meaning her pre-fame days are long behind her. So, does she miss those times back in Texas, back when she was struggling to make it and could be a bit more anonymous?
"I think most musicians get discouraged at the beginning, but I knew that I had to make music work," said Lambert. "It was the only thing I wanted to do as a career. My mom used to get on to me if I didn't do my best, even when it was something that didn't seem important to me at the time. I do miss spending as much time with my friends and family as I could early on, but I wouldn't change a thing about how my career has turned out."
Lambert's latest album, "Four The Record," quickly shot to the top of the Billboard Magazine Country chart, making her the first Country artist to have all of her first four albums to debut at No. 1. Lambert is an artist that brings a hands-on approach to choosing the music for her projects, and that usually means listening to hundreds of demo recordings of potential songs. And, that is also true when it comes to the music of her side trio, Pistol Annies, which features Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.
"I like riding around the back roads on my farm and listening to demo-pitch CDs," said Lambert. "I had been writing a lot with my trio, Pistol Annies, while I was working on 'Four The Record' album, so I had several original songs I wanted to include. I picked other songs that would complement my originals and would make the album feel like a complete piece of art. I always pick songs by other writers that fit my personality at that point in my life, songs that feel like I could have written them. I love working on albums; they are my babies."
For Lambert, the rewards of fame and fortune still center on the music itself, those times when her and the band and the audience all click together.
"Being onstage and having my fans sing along to every word of every song is a natural high for me," said Lambert. "I am so blessed to get to do what I love for a living. Thinking back on specific times, I always love playing at CMA Music Fest in Nashville. It is a huge gathering of hard-core country fans and amazing artists, and I always try to rock especially hard that night."
Being a small town girl herself, Lambert also enjoys performing in places like Huntington.
"I love playing in small towns because they remind me of my hometown, and the folks are typically really excited to have a show to go to," said Lambert. "I usually like to play a mix of fan-favorites from all my records, album cuts, and some rocking cover songs. You never know what you might hear. I have covered everyone from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Lady Gaga. My shows are always high-energy; I've heard us described as a rock 'n' roll band with a country singer. I hope the audience can put aside its troubles for a little while and have a blast with me and my friends Dierks and Thomas Rhett."