It's early evening on Friday at Chicago's Country LakeShake Festival, and in a few minutes Miranda Lambert will perform her first full set in eight months, headlining the day's all-women lineup. But prior to taking the stage, she's watching Maren Morris' set from the wings, tapping her white boots along with the rhythm. It's an appropriate way for Lambert to make an official reentry to the touring circuit. She's made it routine to boost other up-and-coming female artists and will be taking only women — including Morris, Elle King and her trio Pistol Annies — out on her fall Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars run. From the sound of it, she'll be taking new music with her too. For the follow-up to her masterful double album The Weight of These Wings , Lambert decided to switch things up, recruiting Jay Joyce (Eric Church) instead of longtime collaborator Frank Liddell for production, recording at Joyce's Neon Cross studio in East Nashville. Lambert is living proof of country music's disconnect between what actually gets airplay vs. critical acclaim — and, in her case, what fans are buying en masse. Since its release in 2016, The Weight of These Wings has gone platinum… Read full this story
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