In advance of her stop at the American Airlines Center on March 12—and following her Grammy win for best country album—Miranda Lambert talked with Where about her eight nominations at the American Country Music Awards (hubby Blake Shelton is co-hosting on April 19), her business strategy and what it was like to perform with George Strait at his farewell concert.
As a Texas native, what are some of your favorite memories of the state?
Growing up in Texas has always given me a sense of pride of my state. My parents instilled that into me at an early age.
It seems like every time you bring a concert to DFW, you move to a bigger venue. What can fans expect with your Certified Platinum tour?
I guess the good news is that as I grow, I get to play in bigger venues. More room means more people can come and sing along to my songs, which is still one of the biggest thrills there is for me. I love my new production and the set I have, it’s edgy, a little girlie and platinum of course! Part of my stage is a big “M” that’s lit up.
The show itself is a collection of my hits of course, and we play quite a few songs off the new record “Platinum” and always throw in some fun covers!
What have been some of the highs of your career?
Being from Texas and considering Dallas my go-to city, as I am from Lindale about 80 miles east. I grew up driving past the American Airlines Center and hoping I could play there someday—and that day finally came! I have seen a number of concerts there so it was really an amazing moment to get to headline one myself.
You’ve won at least one ACM award every year since 2009. What are the ACMs like?
It’s always a great honor to win an ACM and having been nominated and won so many of them, it is a bit mind blowing. I actually won “Best New Female” at the ACMs in 2007, the award that started it all, and I am very proud of that.
The ACMs itself are always a lot of fun. Due to the more relaxed atmosphere, it’s one of those few times a year where you get to see all your friends in the business, to actually have fun and spend a little time and catch up. I always have a great time.
What was it like performing with George Strait at his final concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington last year?
Amazing! There was such emotion in the room, you could feel the heartbeat of the room and seeing the fans celebrating him and his music, pure magic. I was so honored to be a part of that special moment with George Strait.
What has been your favorite part about owning The Pink Pistol?
It’s another great outlet for me to be creative. I like to constantly do things and with the Pink Pistol I get to come up with fun activities. I love planning events and finding new unique stuff to carry in the store. It’s like a mini carnival in there! One visit alone is not enough, it’s hard to take it all in during one shopping spree.
As if being a superstar musician isn’t work enough, Miranda Lambert also owns three businesses: two locations of The Pink Pistol boutique (one in Oklahoma and one in Lambert’s hometown of Lindale, Texas) and a B&B called The Ladysmith in Tishomingo, Okla., the city that she and Blake Shelton call home.
The Ladysmith has eight stylishly decorated rooms, each of which has a fun theme and name to go with it: Knaughty Pine, Working Man’s Blues, The Sun Never Sets, etc. Lambert has said that the distinct character of each room reflects the diversity of her albums.
The B&B features decor from Lambert’s personal collection; bits and bobs she has been buying and storing for years finally have a home.
It’s not uncommon for Lambert to pop in and dine with her guests or assume innkeeper duties when she’s not on tour—though fans don’t always recognize her.
So why a B&B?
“The building across from The Pink Pistol was vacant for a long time and it’s one of the oldest buildings in Tishomingo and I loved the bones of the building,” says Lambert. The structure dates back to 1901, when it began life as a drugstore. Lambert took the converted building down to the studs and rebuilt it into “something grand.”
“I bought it and was trying to figure out what to do with it,” she says. “There aren’t many accommodations around there, so I figured a B&B would be cool to add to the mix. And I wanted to see Main Street in Tishomingo thrive again.”