Stars as big as Miranda Lambert usually don’t open for other headliners, but Kenny Chesney is no ordinary star.

Miranda is on the road with Kenny opening his stadium shows this summer while also headlining her own Keeper of the Flame tour.

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She says of going back and forth between tours, “It keeps it really interesting. We love Kenny and their whole organization. It’s not all on us. I get to watch him and learn. Every single night I’m done by 9:15, and I’m learning. You know, he’s a pro.”

Having a chance to watch Kenny’s show and the way he runs his touring operation can only help Miranda as she runs her own organization.

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She says, “[I’m] just trying to soak that in and have fun with it. I try to take little things from it even every weekend and go back to my tour and implement — be bigger and better.”

One thing Miranda picked up from Kenny is to always tour with other artists you love as both musicians and as friends. That’s why she tapped Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne to join her on the Keeper of the Flame tour dates.

“I’m a huge fan of both of them,” Miranda says. “So, it’s been really cool. I love it.”

Go to for a full list of her tour dates.

Beyond her concert dates, Miranda is also continuing to work on her upcoming studio album. She’s been writing and recording for months now. We’re hoping to get a first taste of that new music in the next few weeks.

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