Sunday, September 27, 2009


Miranda Lambert releases her third album, Revolution, on September 29. She performed the entire project, from start to finish, in a special sold-out show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last week. Fans from around the country attended the show, and reacted enthusiastically to the new music. Miranda’s boyfriend, Blake Shelton, co-wrote three songs on the album. Before performing “Me And Your Cigarettes,” she told the audience that Blake was on the road, and unable to join her. Also missing were Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum, who co-wrote “Love Song.” However, mid-way through the show, Miranda acknowledged that there was at least one celebrity in the house. Taylor Swift was seated in the front row of the balcony. She brought her guitar player and a member of the rock band Paramour as her guests. After doing the entire 70-minute album in order, Miranda took a short break, and returned to do three classics: Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am,” Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” and the Hank Williams song “Settin’ The Woods on Fire.” While singing “Crazy,” Miranda stepped away from the microphone to demonstrate the power of her voice without amplification. Then, she did 5 of her hits, ending the show with “Gunpowder & Lead.”

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Taylor Swift told the sold-out Nashville crowd, "I've been waiting for this night for a long time," and she didn't disappoint. Her two-hour show Saturday night featured numerous costume changes, set changes, pre-taped video segments, and an intimate performance with just guitar and harmony singers. And then, after performing her debut hit, "Tim McGraw," she said, "I've got a surprise for you, and I think you're gonna like it. Here's Faith Hill." The two then performed Faith's hit "The Way You Love Me." She later told the audience "Tim McGraw is in the house." No doubt, he and Faith brought their three little girls as well. The show was punctuated by long periods of applause, where Taylor stood silently and took it all in, obviously enjoying the moment. An hour after the show ended, Taylor and her band were on a plane to New York, where she was to appear on the MTV Video Music Awards.


Saturday night, Carrie Underwood performed for the CMT series "Invitation Only," where she debuted several songs from her forthcoming third album, "Play On." The show featured the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year in an intimate club-like setting, performing for about a hundred or so people. She also answered their questions on a wide range of subjects. She told them she was a huge Star Trek fan, saying "I should be a Trekkie for Halloween."

When asked which of her new songs is her favorite, she chose "Temporary Home," saying "It was inspired by the book Purpose Driven Life. I feel like I was supposed to write and sing this song." Other new songs included "Undo It," which she wrote with American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, "Mama's Song," and current single "Cowboy Casanova." "Invitation Only," featuring Carrie Underwood will debut on the Dish Network on November 3, with the CMT debut taking place in December.