Miranda Lambert, a Texas native, is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and seven time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year. She’ll be joined at the Erwin Center by special guests Kip Moore and Brother Osbourne for the Keeper of the Flame Tour. Did you know she got her start by appearing on the first season of the reality show Nashville Star in 2003? Lambert finished in third place and signed her first record deal later that year. Since that time, she’s produced a lengthy list of major hits including “The House That Built Me,” a 2010 release still being hailed as the perfect country song.
A couple other notable songs include: “Somethin’ Bad,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “Little Red Wagon” and “Gunpowder & Lead.” Many of her fans have a special place in their hearts for these tracks; on our Facebook page fans pointed out a few others like “Over You”, “Kerosene”, “Famous in a Small Town” and her newest release “Vice.” They picked these as their all-time favorites for specific, and often emotional, reasons.
Lambert’s new single “Vice” premiered July 18, 2016 and is the feature title from her sixth studio album, which is expected sometime this fall. The song gets personal, opening with Lambert singing a capella and reflecting on the theme of coming to terms with one’s own imperfections.
In an interview with Billboard regarding the song, Lambert shared that she wants “people to listen to it with an open mind and not overanalyze it.” She added, “If you listen to it as if it’s your own story, it changes the picture.”
“Vice” was co-written by Lambert and Grammy Award-winning songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. In an interview with The Tennessean, she explains that the song is not specifically all about her, but the various vices that get people into trouble. “Everybody has a vice of some sort,” she says. “Sometimes when you’re going through something in your life, you may run to some things you shouldn’t and run from some things you shouldn’t. I think this song is an opportunity to just be honest and own it and say, ‘Yeah, I have some imperfections, and I live a life and here and there I might get in a pickle.’”
In the first verse, the vice described is choosing to stir sadness in yourself by listening to records full of heartbreak- “songs that hurt so good they must be played twice,” she sings. The story in this song is meant to be relatable and human, leading up to the final verse “standing at the sink not looking at the mirror,” a confession about avoiding confronting yourself. The song is about imperfection, but it’s also about the strong emotions that music produces; from the songwriter sharing her feelings with the world to the listener relating to the lyrics “as if it’s your own story.” What Miranda Lambert song has become part of your story? In The Tennessean, Lambert says this song and the upcoming album are her attempt at sharing her journal with us all and that her platform is what it has always been: “Be honest, say what you want to say.”
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