Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town kicked off their joint co-headlining Bandwagon Tour on Thursday night (July 12) at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C., and country fans in attendance got a very special show. Countless times throughout the night the two bands shared the stage together, proving that the Bandwagon Tour is a true collaboration.
One of the highlights during the evening was a standout cover of the Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl.” While Little Big Town were on stage performing at the time, screams can be heard from the crowd when Miranda made her way to the front of the stage to join in.
Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild kicked off the first verse of the 1999 Dixie Chicks song while bandmate Kimberly Schlapman stood beside her. Seconds later, Miranda chimed in on the microphone as Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook accompanied on guitars. An animated performance, the crowd could be heard singing along throughout the set.
“Goodbye Earl” was far from the only headliner collaboration throughout the concert. The bands teamed up countless times during the tour kickoff on both covers and each act’s own material, including Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” and “Girl Crush,” and Miranda’s “Tin Man” and “Little Red Wagon.”
Miranda and Little Big Town announced the Bandwagon Tour in January. The joint run continues through August and includes openers Turnpike Troubadours and The Steel Woods for select dates and newcomer Tenille Townes. Songwriter Natalie Hemby joins the group throughout the tour’s opening weekend.
Once the tour wraps in August, Miranda will head to Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where she has been named the 2018 artist-in-residence. The singer joins the prestigious class for the 15th installment, where she will perform two concerts at the museum’s CMA Theater on Sept. 19 and Sept. 26.