Finishing off a fine night of music was six-time CMA Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert. Arriving onstage with her band, she looked like butter wouldn't melt before delivering a gutsy killer opening Kerosene. A few thousand of her biggest fans and closest friends joined in for her “favourite part” and enthusiastically cheered on her no-frills attitude. Five foot nothing and feisty, Lambert was a stark contrast to the folksy sweetness of Monroe just a moment ago.
Fastest Girl In Town was another big number, both vocally and visually; think epic rock show with a Southern twist.
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Of course, there were classics old and new too, like Heart Like Mine, Little Red Wagon, Automatic and Baggage Claim.
A swampy take on White Liar and raw, wistful performance of House That Built Me added some variety, whilst a ZZ Top cover proved she can rock Southern style! Meanwhile, tracks like Mama's Broken Heart and Sweet By And By showcased both her powerful vocal and writing abilities.
Assuring us she took great pleasure in “bringin' some country music to y'all, ” Miranda Lambert hit the nail on the head with her introduction to All Kinds Of Kinds; an anthem for all those gathered to celebrate country music. After the showstopping Gunpowder And Lead, and a not-so-subtle reminder from Lambert that ‘well-behaved women rarely make history', she started her encore with an apology for the nerves and technical issues (not that we mere mortals noticed).