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Two nights with Miranda Lambert

Highway Vagabond Tour sets down in homestate of Texas.

By: Jay Trevino

Country sweetheart Miranda Lambert brought her Highway Vagabond Tour home to Texas, and was greeted with two sold out crowds and a sea of cowboy hats as far as the eye can see. A country show is like no other; they nearly always sells out, sell more beer than another other show, and the tailgates are full blown chili-and-wing throwdowns. You party before, during, and after the show so hard you need a week to recoup. Looking around at this show, it was definitely going down in this fashion.


This go around singer-songwriter Wade Bowen, an independent country artist, opened the show to his hometown crowd. The West Texas native, who is currently calling New Braunfels home, has been writing and releasing songs since 2002. Bowen’s set played like a greatest hits sprint. Too many great songs to fit in that allotted time, but that just speaks volumes about the kind of songwriter he is. It was a poignant moment of the night when his son came on stage to perform with him; a moment that had the crowd riveted.


His passion for family and music is the fuel that makes the Bowen Family Foundation so successful. The foundation raises money for kids in need and charities chosen by Bowen and his wife.  He recalled a moment when a very young Miranda said one day she’d be a star and she’d have him open for her.


He joked with the crowd saying “I wasn’t quite sure how to take that.”

Miranda Lambert
Miranda kept her promise and he sure got the crowd ready for her. Bowen is currently on road with Randy Rogers for their Hold my Beer and Watch This yearly tour. The HMBWT tour resumes tonight in Colorado at Red Rocks opening for Miranda again.

Miranda Lambert

When Miranda finally hit the stage, it was a steamy one billion degrees. Everyone had indulged enough in sweet, malty, fully alcoholic libations and cleared their Woohooing throats enough you could hear the crowd blocks from the venue. She was definitely firing on all cylinders and rocked the house with her southern country-twang. I knew in 2006, sitting in the audience at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, that Miranda Lambert was going to be a big name in country music. Shortly after that she went on tour with George Strait and her star power just kept rising.

Miranda Lambert

She’s had great success with her music, winning multiple CMA and Grammy awards. Recently she poured her heart into this latest album, and it resonates with people and those who have suffered a broken heart. Tonight, letting the crowd know that life happens, divorce happens, and you can go to a dark place. That dark place brought her to the song “Ugly Lights” off of  The Weight of These Wings.

The album was recently certified platinum and debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Country Music charts, dubbed 2016s best album all while also winning album of the year at the ACM Awards. Definitely give the new album The Weight of These Wings a listen and see a show any chance you get.

Miranda Lambert crowd

Currently Miranda is closing out her American Tour at Red Rocks tonight and tomorrow, and headed on overseas to share her shitkicking boots and glamour.


See full gallery of the night here.

Tour dates:

Date Venue Location
Aug 08 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO Tickets & More
Aug 09 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO Tickets & More
Aug 16 Openluchttheater Caprera Bloemendaal, Netherlands Tickets & More
Aug 18 Barclaycard Arena Birmingham, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 19 O2 Apollo Arena Manchester, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 21 clyde auditotium Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 23 eventim apollo London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 26 St. Angelo Airfield Enniskillen, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 27 Westport House Westport, Ireland Tickets & More
Sep 25 Sullivan Sports Arena Anchorage, AK Tickets & More
Sep 29 Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena Vancouver, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 30 Prospera Place Kelowna, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 01 CN Centre with Miranda Lambert Prince George, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 03 Northlands Ice Coliseum with Miranda Lambert Edmonton, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 05 SaskTel Centre with Miranda Lambert Saskatoon, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 06 The Brandt Centre with Miranda Lambert Regina, Canada Tickets & More
Oct 07 MTS Centre with Miranda Lambert Winnipeg, Canada Tickets & More



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