Miranda Lambert showcased her vulnerabilities at a recent Nashville concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The singer serves as the artist-in-residence this year at the museum and as part of the honor, she will perform a two-night residency in September. Her first sold-out show was held on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at the museum’s CMA Theater and she promised an evening of deep cuts and sad songs.
“We have not played some of these live ever before so I hope you have forgiving ears,” she told the audience early in the set according to People. “And I also want to warn you, if you don’t like sad songs, you might want to go ahead and leave.”
Her 90-minute set included several deep cuts that Miranda described as “the ones that got away.” She kicked off her set with “Love Is Looking for You,” a song she wrote when she was 17. Following that track, she brought out her dad, Richard Lee (Rick) Lambert, to perform a song they wrote together early on in her career called “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere.”
“The first song we ever wrote together was a cheating song,” she explained. “Kinda weird, but it’s all right.”
Additional guests throughout the evening included longtime songwriting partners Ashley Monroe and Natalie Hemby. As Natalie took the stage for a three-song performance, the two collaborators gushed about each other.
“You’re my George Strait,” Natalie proclaimed.
Miranda didn’t miss a beat, responding, “You’re my Dean Dillon.”
Natalie went on to reveal her first meeting with the singer after Miranda won third place on the USA Network singing competition “Nashville Star” when she was 19.
“I was just like, ‘Oh my God, I love your hat,’” Natalie said. “And she’s like, ‘Thanks, I got it at Walmart for five dollars.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God, I love this girl.’ And she’s like, ‘My favorite things are bird dogs and chicken-fried steak,’ and I was like, ‘Who is this woman?’”
The two went on to perform “Airstream Song,” “Virginia Bluebell,” and their No. 1, “White Liar.” Later, Ashley would join in for “Me and Your Cigarettes” and “Heart Like Mine.”
“I feel like I’ve just been through three years of therapy,” Miranda said at one point.
Later, her songwriting hero, Allison Moorer, took the stage and discussed why she wrote “Oklahoma Sky” for the singer. The song appeared on Miranda’s 2011 album Four the Record.
“Miranda was in a love story,” she said. “And I was thinking about her, and I had that going in my mind.”
The song itself was inspired by the love between Miranda and Blake Shelton but following their divorce, Allison later noted, “You know, the dudes, they come and go. The song remains.”
Miranda will return to the Country Music Hall of Fame next week for another sold-out concert on Sept. 26.