2018 is here, and Miranda Lambert is counting down the days until she launches her brand-new “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour.”

The tour takes its name from a line in Miranda’s song “Highway Vagabond.” She used the title of that song as the name of her 2017 tour, too.

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Miranda says with a laugh, “I’m gonna keep pulling from it, you know.”

You can bet she’ll be rehearsing with her band in the days leading up to the tour launch on Jan. 18 to make sure things go smoothly, but most of the work is already done when it comes to ensuring this trek is a whole lot of fun for everyone involved. It’s all in which artists Miranda chose to bring with her in the opening slots.

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She tells Rare Country, “All the opening acts are my friends and bands that I love. So, I get the best of both worlds. I get to hang out with Lucie Silvas and also watch Lucie Silvas onstage. So, it’s going to be really cool. We have different opening acts for every weekend almost. So, it’s fun.”

In addition to singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas, Miranda will welcome up-and-coming acts Brent Cobb, Turnpike Troubadours, The Steel Woods, Sunny Sweeney, Ashley McBryde and Charlie Worsham on select dates of the tour, which runs through March 24.

Country hit-maker Jon Pardi will perform with Miranda on all dates of the tour, too. The two stars have just gotten to know each other recently, but Miranda has been a fan of Jon’s for years now.

“When I lived in Oklahoma, they played him all the time on our Red Dirt stations,” Miranda says, “so that’s sort of how I heard him. I had never met him, really. Now, we’ve met and talked. He’s such a sweet guy. He’s just doing his thing. He seems really fun. I think it’s going to be a great tour.”

Of course, Jon had nothing but great things to say about Miranda when we caught up with him last month in Chicago.

He told Rare Country, “Miranda is awesome and a great songwriter. She knows exactly who she is and she knows exactly what she wants to do. She doesn’t take any shit from nobody. She’s a true Texan. As an artist who knows who I am, I totally respect her and all she does, from the singles she releases to the songs she writes. I recorded a song that her and Eric Church wrote for the next record, and I am still begging her to sing with me, so we will see. I love Miranda. She is a genuine, great artist.”

For the new shows, Miranda will be pulling heavily from her ACM Award-winning album “The Weight of These Wings” for the new trek, but fans can expect to hear her classics like “The House That Built Me” and “Fastest Girl in Town,” too. Go to for a full list of “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour” dates and ticket information.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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