Saturday, June 1, 2013
Concert review: Sassy Miranda Lambert reveals sweet side at WinStar World Casino
Her 80-minute set lead us through every emotion in the book.
Just two days after performing in the Healing in the Heartland benefit concert for victims of the recent Oklahoma tornado, Miranda Lambert played to another Oklahoma crowd at WinStar World Casino. The sold-out show benefited Lambert’s Mutt Nation Foundation — an organization aimed at improving the lives of pets, homeless or not, across the country. Clad in a flirty black dress, giant bedazzled belt buckle, and cowboy boots, Lambert mentioned the organization and the tornado victims early on, saying “There’s been a lot happening in this area, so tonight is about letting off some steam.”
The Texas native (who’s now living in Oklahoma with her country music husband Blake Shelton) stayed true to her Southern roots, showing her love for her home states with short stories about her childhood and current location. Known for her spitfire attitude, Lambert stomped through lines about revenge with a smile in tracks like "Mama’s Broken Heart." Even though this “like it or leave it” style makes for some of the best songs, Lambert’s ironclad vocals truly came to life in the ballads. During “The House That Built Me,” a track about coming back to her childhood home, the full concert hall felt more like an acoustic storytelling session than a jam-packed show.
Even with the recent tragedies in Oklahoma, the vivacious singer didn’t take herself too seriously, celebrating the fact that she made it through “The House That Built Me” without crying and twirling behind the mic made from a shotgun. Another softer number, “Over You,” which she co-wrote with Shelton, calmed the rowdy crowd with one line. But as soon as we were sure the mood had shifted, Lambert was back with a barnburner about drinking and smoking too much.
Between radio-heavy singles, Lambert added two surprising covers to the set list: the Beatles' “Get Back” and Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman – Do Right Man.” The latter came during her two-song encore; the heartfelt messages were delivered with a sassy yodel. Don’t be fooled by her hard-edged persona; this Texas star has a softer side.
If you’re kicking yourself for missing the show, you can catch her in Dallas on September 13 at the Gexa Energy Pavilion with Dierks Bentley.