Miranda Lambert Platinum Tour
By Lesa Browning
Each year the Academy of Country Music chooses a Female Vocalist of the Year award. Blake Shelton’s beautiful wife, Miranda Lambert holds the record for most consecutive wins. Watching her live on stage it is easy to see why. This week Lambert and friends began what she called “the start of this tour” when they brought Platinum to Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena in Wheatland, CA. (according to Lambert, they have been preforming live, but this was the first night they had full staging and did the entire show the way it would be done for the rest of the tour) With really great opening acts and a large band, Lambert brought all the fire and country charm she is known for, giving fans exactly what they were seeking.
Before we actually saw Miranda Lambert in the flesh, we would be treated to some fancy video footage. This included her duet with Carrie Underwood that has taken summer by storm. Somethin’ Bad rose quickly to the number one spot in country music and while many might have been disappointed that the song was not on the live set list, I think that the video footage was likely the best way to get it onstage, short of having Underwood as a guest live. (come on, really, who else is going to jump in and fill Underwoods fabulous shoes??)
After the videos finished on the beautifully dressed stage, Lambert came out like a ball of fire. Sporting a relatively new, shorter hair style, she was dressed very casual in a sleeveless tee with the script “Nothin’ Fancy” across the front, tattered jeans and in case you feared she had given up all her bling…. a pair of tall and very sparkly silver cowgirl boots. Guitar in hand, she was more skipping than walking and her energy level remained high until the end. There is no doubt that Lambert was having a great time on stage. She was confident and in control of the stage as she bantered with the crowd singing her hits, old and new, as well as a few covers. The slight nervousness I have seen in Lambert in the past was gone, she looked very at home and relaxed. I did hear a few mixed opinions on consistency, with a some suggesting she was not always “on” to the degree they had expected. I was busy watching the crowd and dancing around with my fellow Mega Ticket holders. What I saw was an artist who clearly gets that she is in a special place in country music right now. Sitting at the top with just a few other female artists in the male dominated genre, Lambert has a loyal following of fans. Everything she sang from her very first hit Me and Charlie Talking to the more current releases like Automatic, Prisilla, Little Red Wagon and It ‘Aint Your Mama’s Broken Heart was met with wild applause, cheers and most importantly with thousands of fans singing along. I think the two best songs of the night were Little Red Wagon and It ‘Aint Your Mama’s Broken Heart for the sole reason that they both really showcase the spitfire personality that IS Miranda Lambert. She really came alive and played to the crowd on these two, and it was just so much fun live!
I can’t leave without mentioning the opening acts. They were just great!
First up was the chart climbing country rocker Thomas Rhett. It feels like Rhett was “brand new” just a short time ago, yet he graced the main stage at LP Field in June at the CMA Music Festival. His single It Goes Like This, off his first studio album by the same name, released in 2013, was a huge hit with the crowd as was the chart topper Beer With Jesus. A fan favorite for all ages, Rhett brings tons of energy to everything he does. After Thomas Rhett we had the pleasure of a more “old school” country talent in Justin Moore. With his third studio album released in 2013, Moore is no stranger to the stage and has toured in the past with Lambert. He is funny, talented and all country. His hit If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away was breath taking and the California crowd ate it up. Both openers were really good and the female dominated audience seemed to appreciate a good dose of sexy cowboy style before settling in for a night of cowgirl power.
You can find Miranda Lambert tour dates and much more on her site www.MirandaLambert.com