When you think of a Miranda Lambert concert, you probably think of a giant stadium filled with thousands of screaming fans. Now imagine being in a quaint venue of 300 people with just Miranda, her good friends and co-writers, and a few guitars. This was the situation on Tuesday night at 3rd and Lindsley for the sold out Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Unplugged event. Joined by frequent co-writers Natalie Hemby and Jessi Alexander, as well as fellow prominent songwriter Luke Laird and Alexander’s husband Jon Randall, Lambert explained that over the past few weeks, she has been living off of “caffeine and sad songs,” and that energy made for a beautiful and emotional show.
After a few classic Lambert tunes, including “Bathroom Sink” (which Miranda admitted is a song her mother doesn’t like very much) and “Baggage Claim” (flawlessly performed by Hemby), up-and-coming female artists were invited on stage to play a few songs. Courtney Cole, Clare Dunn, and Raelynn were all glowing with excitement as they shared the stage with such power women in the industry. Dunn’s performance stood out above all, as she broke the sad song streak with her upbeat, powerful new single “Move On,” which had Lambert singing along and bobbing her head the entire time.
Alexander also spread some much-needed inspiration with her first number one hit “The Climb,” popularized by Miley Cyrus. After the first chord was played, Lambert and Alexander had a humorous debate on stage about whether or not to actually play it, and Lambert finally decided that she needed the inspiration. Needless to say, the entire room knew every word and sang along loud and proud.
It’s hard to have a show in Nashville without having some very special guests casually seated in the audience. Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town jumped on stage and lent her talents on the new Lambert single she is featured on, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’.” She also joined Hemby and Laird on the Little Big Town hit song “Pontoon,” and closed the show with “Girl Crush.”
It was certainly an emotional night all around. With the news of Lambert’s divorce from Blake Shelton so fresh on everyone’s mind, it was hard not to notice Lambert get a little misty eyed during different parts of the show. One notable moment was when Alexander played Shelton’s love song “Mine Would Be You,” and of course, had Lambert joining in on beautiful harmonies with no hesitation.
Between the stories, forgetting lines to songs, and sparkly tank tops, it was absolutely a night to remember. Women are truly a force to be reckoned with in country music. Proceeds from the Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Unplugged show will benefit the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund, a $40,000 scholarship to assist women pursuing music degrees at Belmont University.