Chatting with country star Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert takes the stage at the Palms’ Pearl Concert Theater on Dec. 10.
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Abby Tegnelia

Country bombshell Miranda Lambert has celebrated some of her biggest career wins in Las Vegas, a town where she loves to let her famous blonde hair down. Kicking off years of good times here, she picked up the Cover Girl Fresh Face award at the 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand. These days, when not touring with country greats like Keith Urban, George Strait and Toby Keith, Lambert comes to Vegas to rock Fremont Street Experience, like she did earlier this year. Next up, she’ll hit the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms on December 10, with guest Eric Church, for a performance highlighting songs off her latest album, Revolution.

As a musician, what attracts you to Las Vegas?

Las Vegas is a very fun place, where people come to forget about everyday life and do what they would never do at home. The audience is ready to have a great time because they probably spent a pretty penny getting there, and their entire trip is geared for good times. But I don’t really adjust my show for Vegas. My show is what I do and my fans come to see me perform my music.

What’s your guilty pleasure in Vegas?

I know this sounds crazy, but we love to hang out at the Hooters casino-hotel because the drinks are strong and cheap and the gambling is great. It’s become a bit of a tradition. I’m really looking forward to being back there!

The Details

Miranda Lambert with Eric Church
Dec. 10, 10 p.m., $59-$91
The Pearl, 944-3200

What do you have planned for the holidays?

I love Christmas and enjoy spending my time off with family and friends celebrating in Texas and Oklahoma. I wrap up touring before Christmas this year, so I get to spend some much-needed time at home.

What’s your favorite part about this time of year?

The parties at my parents’ house! They always have great home cooking and a lit fireplace, and the whole atmosphere is festive.

Tell us about your new album, Revolution.

It’s much more revealing about my personal life than my first album [Kerosene] and the follow-up [Crazy Ex-Girlfriend]. As a songwriter, you can sometimes hide behind the lyrics. In Revolution I feel like I didn’t hold anything back from my fans. I let them in on every aspect of where I’m at in life right now.

What’s been your favorite fan moment?

I have lots of memories, but sometimes the biggest “wow” moments happen in an unexpected way. A young girl once came up to me at a meet-and-greet for a show. She told me she’d been in a car wreck and went through a lot of pain during recovery. One of her friends brought her my records, and she would sing along with me to get through the painful treatments. I was touched and amazed that by doing what I do, I had such an impact on someone’s life.


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