Miranda Lambert got her first taste of fame on the debut season of Nashville Star in 2003. Just a few years later, she released Kerosene, the album that officially introduced her to the country music world. But the folks in Miranda's hometown of Lindale, Texas were already well aware of her songwriting prowess. Lambert's pre-stardom 2001 album is a true gem and includes one track that should seriously be on the shortlist for the new Texas state song.
"Texas As Hell" is the ultimate anthem for every tough Texan and proof that the spitfire singer has always been country to the core. Lambert's twangy vocals are reminiscent of early Tanya Tucker. Even back then she packed the same don't-mess-with-me attitude that we later fell in love with. Lambert is basically the embodiment of the phrase "Don't Mess With Texas."
Listen to the track below:
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Of course, die-hard Lambert fans are already well versed in the classic Miranda discography. But if you're a newer devotee, Lambert's entire first album is well worth a listen. As the story goes, the Texan went to Nashville when she was 16 for a recording session. Fed up with the pop-country songs she was given, she moved back home to learn guitar and started writing her own songs.
It's a good thing Lambert stuck to her guns. Her most recent solo album, The Weight of These Wings, is a critical and commercial smash. On Nov. 2, Lambert and her Pistol Annies bandmates Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley will release their third album Interstate Gospel.
'Texas As Hell' Lyrics:
Well I know I haven't been around a long time
But I've heard my share of those worn out love lines
If you ain't a redneck don't waste your time
because right now I'm in a Lone Star state of mind
Well I guess you think that I'll be persuaded
but how many times do I have to say this?
Don't mess with me boy for heaven's sake
Didn't anybody tell you messin' with Texas was a big mistake?
'Cause I'm Texas as hell
I'm mean and ornery
I don't need no loud mouth comin' on to me
My temper gets hotter than red, white and blue blazes
you know doggone well everybody can tell, I'm Texas as hell