Miranda Lambert enjoying being a country girl in Oklahoma
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Sunday, April 08, 2012
4/08/12 at 5:38 AM
Country musician Miranda Lambert's come a long way, baby. She's done it in a relatively short time, too.
She made her debut as a fresh-faced singer on the television talent show "Nashville Star" in 2003. Fast-forward to 2012, when she won two of the Academy of Country Music's highest honors - female vocalist of the year and album of the year for "Four the Record."
Also, nearly a year ago, she married Oklahoma native Blake Shelton and now spends her downtime with him out at their Tishomingo ranch.
To unwind, the Texas native admits she loves to fish and four-wheel. That is, when she's not touring or winning awards.
Here's a Q&A she did recently with the Tulsa World while out on tour:
Q. How have you adjusted to life "on the ranch" - with a husband, to boot?
A. I grew up loving the outdoors, so my farm in Oklahoma wasn't a huge adjustment! It's great to have a place for all my animals and to relax away from the hustle and bustle.
Q. What's your favorite pastime while on the farm out near Tishomingo as a "newly" Okie?
A. I like taking care of my farm animals, planting flowers, fishing, four wheeling ... just anything to be outside enjoying my land.
Q. What can fans expect at your concert here at the BOK Center on April 12? Is it a big, interactive, pyrotechnic thing with half a dozen costume changes, or more intimate?
A. My shows are always a mix of songs from all my albums plus some rocking cover songs. ... Fans can probably expect to hear my newest single, "Over You," but also my older hits like "Gunpowder and Lead" and "The House That Built Me." ... For this tour, I knew I needed to bring along some talented, good-looking men, so I have Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann out on the road with me. I hope everyone loves their shows as much as I do!
Q. Your style often lets you be sexy without necessarily showing a lot of flesh. What is your favorite type of dress-up wear, and why? How often do you dress up?
A. My favorite outfit consists of jeans, a T-shirt and a great pair of boots. If I can find a way to dress those up for wherever I'm going, I love it! I am attending a lot of awards shows and such these days, though, so I also enjoy finding the perfect flirty and classy dress to fit those occasions.
Q. How do you balance time with Blake Shelton, Pistol Annies, your own band, your pets and your fans?
A. I try to live a normal life as much as possible. Living away from the activity and making my home in Oklahoma is a plus. I have a quiet life there and love spending time with my animals, family and friends. 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.
Q. What inspired you to pick up a guitar and start making music? How old were you?
A. I started writing songs as a teenager because I knew that was the only way I would be able to say what I wanted to say then. My dad had always played guitar around the house, and he taught me how to play and write songs. I sang our song that my dad and I wrote together, "Greyhound Bound for Nowhere," when I competed on "Nashville Star," and it ended up on my first album, "Kerosene."
Q. What keeps you motivated and inspired, musically?
A. Listening to great music and seeing great performances! There is so much talent all around me that I am never at a lack for motivation.
Q. What's the best career advice ever given to you?
A. I would love a career like Loretta Lynn's and Dolly Parton's, where I am still making music I love well into my later years. They are such an inspiration to me. I was honored to sing "Coal Miner's Daughter" with Loretta Lynn a few years ago, and I learned so much from spending a day at her home taping the music video for it. She has always been brave enough to sing things that most women felt at the time but wouldn't say, and she has done a good job of balancing her music and her family. Music and performing are my life, and I am looking forward to exploring different avenues in the future to expand my horizons.
with Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave.
Tickets: All ages. $27.75, $39.75 and $51.75, plus fees, available at tulsaworld.com/bok, Arby's Box Office at the BOK Center, all Tickets.com outlets or by calling 866-7-BOKCTR.
2001: "Miranda Lambert" (self-released)
2007: "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"
2011: "Four the Record"
Original Print Headline: Lambert enjoying her career, being country girl in Oklahoma
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