Grammy winner Miranda Lambert played the KFC Yum! Center this past Saturday to a sold-out crowd following UofL’s big win over Florida, sending them to the Final Four. To say the fans were rowdy from the get go would be an understatement: "C-A-R-D-S" chants were heard throughout openers Jerrod Niemann and Chris Young’s sets and the crowd exploded when Miranda took the stage.
Opening with "Fastest Girl in Town" from her most recent album Four the Record, Lambert was full of energy, excitement and pep while playing her pink electric guitar. The ever-popular "Kerosene" was heard next followed by my personal favorite, "Heart Like Mine."
Lambert strut around the stage in black skinny jeans and a black sleeveless top, while telling of her time spent sitting with husband Blake Shelton next to Lady Gaga at the Grammy’s. Her cover of "You and I" was high energy and entertaining, putting her own country spin on the hit.
The pace slowed down with Lambert’s performance of "The House that Built Me." Fellow Pistol Annie Angeleena Presley’s hometown of Beauty, Ky. was recently devastated by the March 2 tornadoes. This hit Lambert close to home and inspired her to donate all proceeds from the remainder of the ticket sales to the American Red Cross. Interrupted by bouts of tears, the audience was quick to jump in and sing the majority of the song. Lambert pulled everything together by the last verse and ended the song by saying, “Ya’ll better not tell anybody I cried.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience.
Closing the show with a story of her childhood, Lambert explained how her daddy taught her to use a shotgun when she was just a little girl to protect herself from possible abuse. "Gunpowder and Lead" is her girl-power anthem about not putting up with physical, mental or emotional abuse from anyone. The crowd went crazy.
Lamberts performance was energetic, powerful and 100 percent country. Her vocal abilities were off the charts, varying up the melodies and singing every song with true emotion and heart. She genuinely appears to have a great time on stage and ended the concert by saying she now has 13,000 friends in Kentucky.
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