Miranda Lambert is an amazing studio artist. But she’s also incredible live. She has an charismatic stage presence that electrifies her fans. Lambert also has amazing live vocals, which isn’t always the case for artists. Here we’ve gathered 5 live Miranda Lambert performances you don’t want to miss.
“Gunpowder and Lead”
“Gunpowder and Lead” was Lambert’s dark and dirty response to domestic abuse. “Slapped my face and shook me like a rag doll, don’t that sound like a real man? I’m gonna show him what little girls are made of–gunpowder and lead.” It’s the gritty version of the Dixie Chics’ “Goodbye, Earl.” And seeing her perform it live gives even more weight to the song, though she’s never said that she sings from experience.
Lambert’s 2011 CMA performance of “Baggage Claim” is really well done. The song itself is clever and fun, with lyrics about not taking on someone else’s “baggage.” But beyond that, her performance definitely evokes a sense of country past with a modern edge. She has classic country sparkles and fringe but paired with skinny jeans and some serious stilettos. Plus her vocals are absolutely on point.
“The House That Built Me”
Lambert performed “The House That Built Me” on Austin City Limits. The studio version is gorgeous, but her live version is actually even prettier. She adds more of her own raw emotion, and you hear how powerful the lyrics are for her. The feelings behind it are almost palpable.
“Little Red Wagon”
Lambert performed her upbeat, sassy “Little Red Wagon” at the 57th Grammy Awards. The song has a country base, but with a serious rock influence. Her live performance definitely shows that Lambert knows how to throw serious shade with some country swagger on the side. It’s a performance only a true country girl could’ve pulled off.
The name of both her hit single and her tour for both 2017 and 2018, “Highway Vagabond” has a lot of Lambert in it. She wrote it as part of her huge double-album The Weight of These Wings. Here she performs it at CMA Fest.
Miranda is on tour for 2018, so you can catch more of her live performances. See her full tour schedule on her website.