Miranda Lambert furthered a summer-long trend of wowing fans with surprise cover songs at an Aug. 5 show in New Braunfels, Texas, when she joined opening act and hometown hero Wade Bowen for a stripped down version of George Strait’s “A Fire I Can’t Put Out.”
“A Fire I Can’t Put Out” is a first-person narrative of a heartbroken ex-lover. Released as a single in 1983, it became the second of Straight’s record-breaking 44 Billboard number one songs. Their version, with Bowen singing lead and Lambert adding vocal harmonies, captured the original song’s passion and angst.
Two things always thrill country music crowds in Texas: songs about heartache and pretty much anything involving King George. Bowen and Lambert would know, considering both born and raised in the Lone Star State.
Lambert has upped her covers game lately, first with U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and more recently with the Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl,” performed at the Ryman with Little Big Town.
Both artists conclude their inter-locking tour with Aug. 8-9 shows at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It’s another golden opportunity for Bowen to win over Lambert’s huge fan base, as he’ll be reunited both nights with his regular duet partner, Randy Rogers.