When Miranda Lambert last played Atlantic City in 2008, she was one of country music’s rising stars, bringing a boatload of attitude and southern rock charged excitement to the Nashville scene.
Many critics at the time reasoned that Nashville didn’t quite know what to do with her.
Well, as she returns three years later, playing at The Borgata Event Center Friday June 10 (tickets are $65 and $85. theborgata.com) , they’ve figured it out.
They decided to just love her. Lambert comes back to town as a bonafied superstar.
Her 2009 album Revolution produced five hit singles and two number ones — “The House That Built Me” and “Heart Like Mine.” She’s also won a trophy case of Grammys and country music awards since last playing in the resort.
In the meantime, her personal life has gone just as well. Last month she married fellow country artist Blake Shelton, in a true country ceremony.
It was hard to find a celebrity gossip magazine in the last few weeks that didn’t have a shot of Lambert in her wedding dress or holding up the seven-pound bass she caught on her honeymoon. Like we said, it was a country wedding.
As Lambert brings her Revolution Tour to The Borgata, she took some time to answer five questions by e-mail. Actually it was six, but then you always get more than you expect from Lambert.
Many blessings on your recent wedding. How was the ceremony?
Perfect and amazing!
You seem to be touring relentlessly this month and through the summer. Your Atlantic City gig is one of seven in 10 days and you have dates booked for every weekend through the summer. Considering your recent success and recognition, shouldn’t you be sitting back and enjoying things some? Or is playing live important to you?
I tour so much because it’s what I love to do. I wouldn’t want to do anything else with my life. Being on stage performing and having your fans sing every word of every song with you is a natural “high” for me. Of course there are days when I would rather be home and hang out with my dogs and husband, but I think that’s the same for everyone.
Congratulations on the success of Revolution and the awards. I’ve heard you say that the album showed more of the real you than the “Crazy Ex-girlfriend” image cultivated on your first two albums. Have we seen all the sides of you yet?
Not by a long shot! No one is only one thing. We all have different sides to who we are. People usually change a lot during their twenties, so I think my music has followed the natural development of life and will continue to do just that. I love to keep being surprised and hope to be able to dig even deeper in the chest of lyrics and melodies.
You mix up your songs so well, with true country ballads and story telling to a harder, more rock sound with so much attitude. And you definitely know how to use a guitar. How would you describe your own sound and what country music should be?
Most often than not I feel like saying that it’s just music, why put it in a box so we can explain it to people. But if I was forced to say something, I would probably say it’s traditional country with a southern rock twist. I have a rock n’ roll band with a country singer. I am sure I am all over the map, but that’s how I experience life and different things inspire different sounds. I appreciate both “insightful” songs and “badass” ones!!
One of my producers said that my song “Maintain the Pain” from my recent album Revolution was pure country punk! You never know what people perceive when they hear your music.
What’s next for you? Revolution was released in 2009. Are you writing? Will you be releasing a fourth album soon?
I have been crafting ideas for my next album for the past several months. I have written some tunes and selected some from other writers that I love and that have inspired me. I am actually in the studio right now recording, and it’s been quite the eye opener. If all goes well there will be a new Miranda album by the end of 2011.
“When I get up there onstage, I turn into something I wish I was.”
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