Country superstar to shine with Certified Platinum TourWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckle up, Toledo: Miranda Lambert is bringing her “Little Red Wagon” to town, and it’ll be a fast, fun ride.
The singer-songwriter rocked the stage of the Staples Center in Los Angeles when she sang that new single at the Grammy Awards. Lambert proved to be a force of nature, her fiery attitude and wicked sense of humor nearly unstoppable. Amusingly, she was censored for the line “I go on the road/ And do all the s*** you wanna do.”
“I was on tour and we were hanging out with friends listening to music, and someone had Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound’s album and I heard ‘Little Red Wagon.’ I loved that song immediately,” she wrote in an email interview. “We tracked Audra Mae down, and I asked her if I could record the song. You should check out her album!”
For her fifth disc, “Platinum,” Lambert took home a Grammy for Best Country Album. The record debuted on top of Billboard’s 200 Album Chart and Country Album Chart last June, and includes the No. 1 “Somethin’ Bad” duet with Carrie Underwood.
Several songs on “Platinum” — “Automatic,” “Another Sunday in the South,” “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” — are nostalgic.
“I suppose it’s part of getting older that you look back,” the 31-year-old wrote. “I love anything vintage — clothes, furniture, houses. I am a fan of old s***, you could say. When something has a story, such as a building that has been there for a long time, don’t you wish the walls could talk?”
Talking with Jessi Alexander and Pistol Annies member Ashley Monroe led to “Another Sunday in the South,” which pays tribute to Shenandoah, Restless Heart and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
“[I was] hanging out with girlfriends on tour and just chatting about the good ol’ days and reminiscing about how it used to be. I love lazy Sunday afternoons, where all you want to do is hang out on the porch with a cold one,” Lambert wrote.
There’s still plenty of sass on the disc. On “Platinum,” Lambert sings, “My disposition permeates the room when I walk in a place, I’m sorry” and “What doesn’t kill you only makes you blonder.”
“I like strong female role models. My nonny and my mom are both pretty strong influences in my life,” the country superstar wrote. “I guess looking back it seems that I always had a few of those fiery tracks on my albums. I love them; they are a lot of fun to perform live.”
It sounds like Lambert had a blast singing Dixie and Tom T. Hall’s “All That’s Left,” which she recorded with The Time Jumpers. She credits husband Blake Shelton with the old-timey vibe.
“It was Blake’s idea [to invite The Time Jumpers], and it was a really great idea! Don’t you love how that song swings? It was a great experience being in the room with all that talent recording that track,” she wrote from California, where she was shooting a video for “Little Red Wagon.”
Lambert will bring her Certified Platinum Tour to the Huntington Center Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Opening the sold-out show will be Justin Moore, RaeLynn and Jukebox Mafia.
The 2003 “Nashville Star” finalist has scored countless awards, including five-time Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, and racked up hits — “Gunpowder & Lead,” “White Liar,” “Only Prettier,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “Over You,” “Baggage Claim,” “Kerosene,” “Fastest Girl in Town, ” “The House That Built Me,” “Heart Like Mine.”
“Sometimes it’s mind-blowing what a great journey I get to be on and continue to get to do what I love — make music,” she wrote.