Miranda Lambert had a very special guest join her onstage at a recent event in Nashville. In celebration of her album The Weight Of These Wings going platinum, Lambert sang songs alongside her co-writers.
But the second-to-last guest of the night wasn’t just any co-writer. It was Rick Lambert, the man Miranda credits for much of her early drive and inspiration.
“My dad was my very first co-writer I ever had,” Lambert told the crowd. “He taught me how to play guitar and he taught me my love of music.”
She brought him on stage to sing their song “Greyhound Bound For Nowhere,” one of their earliest co-writes together. That tune eventually appeared on her debut record Kerosene.
But Lambert’s last-minute decision to bring her dad in clearly made the night. ““I texted my mom last night,” Lambert said. “And said, ‘Get on Southwest and come to Nashville.'” And so they did.
“Dad and I haven’t sang this song together, except by a campfire, in a long time,” Lambert told the crowd before launching into the song.
Watch a clip of the special moment below.
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Lambert’s evening at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works featured a handful of talented and sought-after writers. And every one of them played a part in her critically acclaimed 2016 double album.
Shane McAnally joined to play “Vice,” and Liz Rose accompanied Lambert on “We Should Be Friends.” Even Lambert’s boyfriend Anderson East stopped by to sing “Getaway Driver,” which they wrote together alongside Natalie Hemby. Of course, Hemby co-wrote quite a bit of the album too, so she was kind of a permanent fixture.
Dubbed Front And Center, the concert is part of the CMA Songwriter Series. Lambert and friends also told stories about the songs, sharing lightweight banter to counterbalance the sometimes austere songs. The event was filmed to be televised at a later date.
Lambert heads to Canada soon to continue her tour in support of The Weight Of These Wings.