Miranda Lambert and friends throw one heck of a hippie party on new tour Instagram/@dallasautographs

As soon as an artist announces that they will be embarking on a tour, you can feel the excitement start to build. It all came to a head Jan. 18 in Greenville, South Carolina, when Miranda Lambert kicked off her “Livin’ Like Hippies Tour” with pals Jon Pardi and Brent Cobb.

But, they weren’t the only ones who were thrilled that they hit the stage at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

In every video we’ve seen of the performances, the crowd is beyond enthusiastic. They’re whooping and hollering, and have their hands in the air throughout the entire show. Starting with opener Brent Cobb …

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… and continuing well into Jon Pardi’s set.

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Head over boots for you!! #jonpardi

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Of course, by the time Miranda took center stage, the energy was palpable, but it was hard to match hers when she sent fringe flying and sparkle shining with her cover of Joe Cocker’s “Rocky Mountain Way.”

Even as exciting as her beer-drinking, foot-stomping performances are, fans always love it when Ran brings it down and makes that personal connection with them. During an acoustic break in the show, Miranda spoke briefly about struggling in 2015, but she also said that the experience provided her with the inspiration to write some great songs, including “Tin Man” from her “The Weight of These Wings” album.

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#livinlikehippiestour #mirandalambert This woman is AMAZING!!!

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One of the best moments, and one of the biggest singalongs in Miranda’s shows, is always when she performs “The House That Built Me,” and Greenville proved it was no exception.

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Miranda’s “Livin Like Hippies Tour” with Jon Pardi is scheduled to visit nearly two dozen cities, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Cleveland and San Diego. Artists including Brent Cobb, Turnpike Troubadours, Lucie Silvas, the Steel Woods, Sunny Sweeney, Ashley McBryde and Charlie Worsham will also join Miranda and Jon on select dates for the tour, which is currently set to wrap on March 24.

Then after a bit of a break, where she’ll hit up a few music festivals, the pride of Lindale, Texas, is back out on the road with her pals from Little Big Town for “The Bandwagon Tour.” Since this is a co-headlining tour, we are, of course, hoping for and anticipating great collaborations between the two amazing acts. We’re also expecting to see some pretty bold fashion choices, especially considering both Miranda and LBT’s Karen Fairchild’s affinity for fringe.

We have a little while before we get to see that country style shine, though. “The Bandwagon Tour” doesn’t start until July 12 with their first stop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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