Miranda Lambert welcomed her co-writers on her latest album, “The Weight of These Wings,” for a chilled-out installment of the “CMA Songwriters Series” September 19 in Nashville. Her frequent collaborators Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby and Luke Dick were among the writers trading vocals with Miranda throughout the night. Her boyfriend Anderson East also made a cameo for a performance of their song “Getaway Driver,” but it was the man who raised Miranda who really stole the show.
When putting together the lineup, Miranda decided at the last minute she wanted her dad to perform with her. She called up her parents and told them to hop on a plane from Texas to Nashville. Miranda then introduced her father, Rick, who accompanied her on acoustic guitar and harmony vocals on a song they co-wrote when she was just a teenager, “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere.”
That song is an album cut from Miranda’s debut set, “Kerosene,” and she performed it when she competed on the now-defunct music competition “Nashville Star” in the early 2000s. Listening to the lyrics of that song, it’s stunning to realize Miranda had so much insight on the human condition at such a young age.
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Dad dropping me off at the Nashville Star house in 2003. What a journey we have been on. When I was 17, he taught me 3 chords on the guitar. He said that's all I needed. For the most part he was right. Thanks for giving me life, love and dimples! And thank you for sharing your love for music with me. Love you dad. #RickLambert❤️ #happyfathersday
You can see a baby-faced Miranda delivering this song with much passion on “Nashville Star” here.
In addition to her father, Miranda welcomed several other writers from “The Weight of These Wings” to join her in a celebration of the double album. The project has been certified platinum, and Miranda took this opportunity to share the spotlight with her co-writers who made it all possible. Each writer was presented with a platinum album plaque at the end of the show.
Look for Miranda’s “CMA Songwriters Series” to air as a concert special on PBS’ “Front and Center” in early 2018.