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Ask any rising country act and they’ll likely tell you that the venue they most dream of playing, after the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium, is Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. The natural rock structure is truly majestic and deserves the most splendid of voices performing in it. So, three of country music’s finest recently did just that.

On August 9, the open-air venue hosted Miranda Lambert’s “Highway Vagabond” tour, and for this particular run of shows, Ran brought two of the acts she did the honky-tonk and dancehall circuit with in her early years in Texas—Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers Band.


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As much as we would love to know what was going on backstage—shenanigans, we suspect—what happened onstage was pure Lone Star magic.

Miranda invited Wade and RRB’s frontman and namesake, Randy Rogers, onto the stage to help her out with a Merle Haggard tune. Now, this feels like a bit of an honor to us, because we know how much Ran loves Merle. But so do Wade and Randy, and it showed when the trio kicked into Hag’s “Sing Me Back Home.”

If the lyrics don’t give you goose bumps, their insanely tight harmonies will. And it’s cool because they all possess that same gritty texture in their voice that can only come from years of singing over the din of a barroom.

Miranda is taking a few days off before she takes her show across the pond for a jaunt through the Netherlands, England, Scotland and Ireland. She’ll then return to North America and, after a short break, she’ll head to Alaska and Canada.

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Wade has shows listed on his website through October in the midwest, northeast and, of course, Texas, while Randy, who just welcomed a new baby girl into the family, is staying a little closer to home with shows in Texas and across the heartland.

If you aren’t familiar with Texas superstars Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers Band, check ’em out. There’s a damn good reason that Miranda brought them out with her—they’re amazing!

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