Miranda Lambert takes the Shoreline by the Horns

Platinum Tour: Miranda Lambert, with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett

August 9, 2014

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View

She isn’t very old (30) and she isn’t very big (5’4″), but Miranda Lambert has been been a huge presence on stages since 2005, when she released Kerosene, her first album, which debuted at Number 1 on the Country Music charts before being certified Platinum. Along with an impressive number of awards and accolades, she has won five Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the Academy of Country Music–more than Carrie, more than Reba, more than Kelly, more than Dolly, more than any other woman in her genre. It is fitting that her new album is called Platinum, and that she is spending the summer touring in support of it, with the Platinum Tour, selling out at venues all over the country. There were over 21,000 in attendance at Mountain View’s Shoreline, with fans of all ages having a great time.

Thomas Rhett opened the show full of energy and smiles, like any red-blooded American country boy should, but this wasn’t just twangy guitar. Rhett and his band came out with some kick-ass Southern rock style, as well as some in-depth acoustic guitar work and a drummer that kept pulling my attention to him having a crazy fun time behind his kit. I really enjoyed what they do; this was a solid opener on a big tour.

Justin Moore, the second performer of the evening, digs a bit deeper. He doesn’t just sing about hot women and beer, but instead examines ideas of home, hard work, and family, touching the heart and reminding us of the simple things. On the flip side, he has fun with songs like “Bait A Hook” and “Back That Thing Up.” Not bad, country boy, not bad. Way to keep it real. https://www.facebook.com/moorejustinmusic/timeline

Then it was time for the one we all came to see–Miranda Lambert! And let me tell you, she did not disappoint! They started with a music video of her awesome “Somethin’ Bad” duet with Carrie Underwood, then fired up for  “Fastest Girl in Town.” My favorites of the night were “Kerosene,” “All Kinds of Kinds,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “The House That Built Me,” and “Gunpowder and Lead”–but then they threw in a little something special from ZZ Top, “Give Me All Your Lovin'”! And yes, I said it out loud: “Oh hell yeah!” She knows how to rock it, but the Country Force is strong with this one. Not only does Miranda have stage presence, a couple of signature moves, and a voice that just moves me, but her band really puts the icing on the cake–a solid group all around. If this is the “new country music,” you’d better put your sunglasses on, because the future is looking bright!