Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sugarland & Miranda Lambert

Following our visit to the Pengrowth Saddledome on Thursday 10th, we returned the next evening to watch two country acts.

First up was Miranda Lambert who hails from Longview, Texas.

We first saw Miranda in concert a couple of years back when she was the support act for the great George Strait. You could tell she was talented but it was good to see how much her confidence and presence on stage has grown since then.
Interestingly, for many support acts, the crowd don't bother getting into their seats and just mill about, chatting. However, it was a sign of her growing stature that the vast majority of the evening's attendees were sat waiting and ready for Miranda's arrival. Indeed, her latest album, which she wrote the bulk of the songs for, has recently won the Academy of Country Music's Album of the Year Award. Miranda's first album was called Kerosene and this is the title track from it...

Later, she sung a much more countrified ditty about the curious North American penchant for alchohol prohibition, called "Dry Town". It's a catchy little tune from her latest album. Here's the lyrics
Miranda went down really well with the crowd and got everyone in the mood for the main act of the evening, Sugarland.

Originally a trio, the band has operated as a duo for the past couple of years and they are quickly becomming one of the most popular country acts in North America.
The singer is Jennifer Nettles......and her cohort is Kristian Bush.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugarland_%28duo%29
The crowd were eager for their arrival and they kicked off with what was their debut single back in 2004, called "Baby Girl"...
Later, they sang their current single, "All I Want To Do", from their new album which is due to be released shortly...
Towards the end of the concert, Jennifer and Kristian engaged in an unusual spot of audience participation...
It was an extremely entertaining concert and Jennifer has an excellent voice. We would definitely pay to see them again.J&E