Review: Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Unplugged

Photo by Cindy Watts
Photo by Cindy Watts

You could hear a pin drop in the crowd Tuesday night at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley while the audience listened rapt to the songs that Miranda Lambert, Jessi Alexander, Natalie Hemby and friends sang in their acoustic round.

On the stage lined with bar stools, these incredible songwriters shared with attendees the music that they truly wanted to play. Lambert mentioned throughout the night how appreciative she was for getting the opportunity to do so and stray from her usual concert set list. Some of the songs included “Dear Diary” and “Bathroom Sink.”

Playing guitar for these talented ladies were hit and veteran songwriters Luke Laird and Jon Randall. When came the men’s turn to sing, Randall gifted listeners with his Song-of-the-Year-winning, “Whiskey Lullaby.” A humble Laird told the audience that he promised “this” would be over within three to three and a half minutes, before launching into a killer performance of his Eric Church hit, “Give Me Back My Hometown.”

It was a treat to see these amazing writers all on one stage and interacting with each other in such a genuine manner. The intimate setting allowed everyone’s true personality to shine through.

Attendees also were introduced to some new talent that will be joining Lambert’s upcoming tour. First Courtney Cole, a sweet young woman, took the stage, and brought a voice as smooth as candy that carried her commercially clever songs to a tee.

Next, Miranda brought Clare Dunn on stage. Dunn, whose current single is the edgy “Move On,” comes off as a badass with true artistry. There was so much passion in her performance, and it was evident how hard she has worked for this moment.

RaeLynn, everyone’s bundle of joy, came out on stage for two songs, including her debut single “God Made Girls,” and helped close out the night.

Because it is Nashville, Lambert called out into the audience several times for her friends and invited Karen Fairchild up to sing Little Big Town’s hits, “Girl Crush” and “Pontoon.” Lambert joined Fairchild in singing “Girl Crush” and put her own spin on how she sang it, which excited the audience immensely.

Tuesday was truly a special night full of strong women, power-house voices, and thought provoking songs. Thanks to Lambert, all the revenue made from the sold-out show is going directly to a new scholarship she has started for women in the Curb College programs, such as Songwriting, Music Business, and Entertainment Industry Studies, at Belmont University.

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