About Miranda Lambert
In the mid-2000s, when new country outlaws were thin on the ground, a 21-year-old Texan came bursting into view with a hard-charging sound and a hit about burning down an unfaithful lover’s house (2005’s “Kerosene”). Despite her girl-next-door look, Miranda Lambert arrived as the badass country music had been waiting for. Her album Kerosene became the first in what would be a decade-plus string of No. 1 country LPs. When her follow-up, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, appeared in 2007, equally incendiary songs like the title track and “Gunpowder & Lead” helped cement Lambert’s status as Nashville’s hell-raising heroine. Over the next few years, singles such as the heart-tugging ballad “The House That Built Me” and the quirky, rock-inflected “Mama’s Broken Heart” showed that Lambert was an artist in motion, unwilling to stick to a formula. Her 2011 marriage to Blake Shelton expanded her celebrity status but didn’t dim her desire to keep evolving. That same year, she formed the side project Pistol Annies with fellow singer/songwriters Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, and over several years of sporadic touring and recording, the trio found success with their own left-field approach to country. Lambert’s appropriately titled 2019 album, Wildcard, was her most eclectic record to date, as she swapped longtime producer Frank Liddell for Jay Joyce, who had produced as much rock as country. The result was a record that was as much cutting-edge alt-pop/rock as anything else, underlining her ongoing insistence on forward musical momentum.
BORNNovember 10, 1983