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Not-so-little Lamb

The ‘Revolution’ continues as country music powerhouse Miranda Lambert stages a concert in her new home state of Oklahoma.

Joshua Boydston April 6th, 2011

Miranda Lambert with Justin Moore and Josh Kelley
7:30 p.m. Thursday
Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins, Norman, 800-456-4668

There’s no better escape than Tishomingo. At least that’s what country music megastar Miranda Lambert has found. A few years back, the Texan supplanted to the tiny town to be closer to her fiancé and fellow musician, Blake Shelton, and found that its solitude the town offers the perfect anchor for her meteoric rise through industry ranks.

“My life is mostly simple, as I have a family that is very close and keeps me grounded. I think most famous people would like sometimes to be incognito and can go anywhere without being recognized,” Lambert said. “Where I live in Oklahoma, I am just ‘Miranda’ to the locals, and when I go to the feed store to buy stuff for my animals, they don’t care that I sing for a living.”

The reality show “Nashville Star” first introduced the public to the blond beauty in 2003. She didn’t win, but no matter: From “Kerosene” to “Revolution,” three No. 1 albums have followed — not to mention a Grammy — in dizzying ascension.

She’s quick to note that her success is all thanks to learning at each rising step.

“I think by honing your craft and performing and writing your music, you get better. I have matured both as a performer and a person over the last five years. Growing as a person is natural in your 20s, so that helps with the songwriting as well,” she said. “I’ve also learned that you have to follow your heart and your art, no matter what people tell you. It’s still your name at the door, and you are responsible for what happens next.”

The honors and awards are well and good, but it’s the authenticity of the live shows and interacting with crowds that have always attracted her to music.

“I’m excited about this tour, especially playing in my second home,” Lambert said, referring to Thursday’s stint at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. “I love to entertain and hope that the fans who come to my shows have a good time and leave their worries at the door for a while.”

You have to follow your heart and your art, no matter what people tell you.

—Miranda Lambert

The rest of 2011 should be just as hurried as the past eight; a short tour will be followed by a May wedding, then a return to the studio to record an album for release sometime before Christmas, prior to hitting the road yet again.

“I have been writing for the next project, but its still in its still early stages. A new project — once I start working on it — can take many twists and turns, and nobody — including me — can really predict what will happen until the album is recorded,” she said. “For now, I focus on the writing part and let my team figure out release dates.”

Rest assured, if her trajectory stays true, the disc will be bigger and better than ever, but even if it isn’t, Lambert plans on trudging forward.

“I always knew what direction in music I wanted to go for and I just kept pursuing it, with the hopes that folks would like it,” Lambert said. “I love what I do, and as long as my fans keep asking for more, I will keep making music.”

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