Lilith Fair: Country star fired up for concert tourWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Look for a heat advisory to be issued when Miranda Lambert rides into DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich., for Lilith Fair on July 21.
The singer-songwriter-guitarist is red-hot. She scored a hat trick at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards — top female vocalist, video of the year for “White Liar” and album of the year for “Revolution.” She became the first solo female artist to win the album category twice; “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” took that honor in 2008.
The 26-year-old is known for her bold, kick-ass hits that include “Gunpowder and Lead” and “Kerosene.”
Lambert recently answered a few questions by e-mail from the road.
Toledo Free Press: Why did you sign up for Lilith Fair?
Miranda Lambert: I just love what it stands for — women coming together and performing and sharing ideas and thoughts. Lilith brings all different formats of music into one show and lets the audience have a taster menu of artistry. I am hoping I hear some music that inspires me and [that I] get to know some of the other artists.
TFP: Your three discs pack a lot of firepower and attitude. Do you think your music is empowering?
Lambert: I like to think so. I love strong, empowered women and come from a family of them. My mom, Bev, and my grandma, Nonna, are terrific ladies and great role models.
TFP: Are you working on songs for your next disc?
Lambert: I’m going to start writing for the next album in the fall hopefully — which seems crazy because I feel like [“Revolution”] just came out! Once I finish a record, I usually don’t write for a really long time, but this time I have been writing so much, just all kinds of songs with all different writers. I’m really excited about some of the inspirations. I’m gonna try not to compare myself to myself, but it’s hard not to sometimes. After “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next, and then I started a “Revolution”! It’s fun.
TFP: What do you think are the elements of a good song?
Lambert: I think authenticity is the key to any great song. I draw my inspiration from life. Sometimes it’s something that happened in my past or a friend or family member experienced. Sometimes it’s something I see and one thing leads to another, and other times it’s a story I hear that turns into a song.
On the web: visit www.mirandalambert.com and click on links for more information.
2:30 p.m. July 21
DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tickets range from $15.75 to $105.50
- Sarah McLachlan
- Miranda Lambert
- Chantal Kreviazuk
- Suzanne Vega
- Court Yard Hounds
- Kate Nash
- Jetty Rae
- Vita Chambers
- Cara Salimando
- Melissa McClelland
Lineup subject to change