Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the history of the Billboard country charts to debut at No. 1 with five consecutive releases. Starting with “Kerosene,” her 2005 debut and continuing through the June arrival of her latest, “Platinum,” the former “Nashville Star” finalist has never failed to bump the competition from the top spot.
Lambert’s commercial clout is impressive, and more than likely comes down to the force of her musical persona, one that is built on the bedrock of female self-empowerment, and finds the singer assuming a confident, self-assured stance. Blending elements of old-school country with the shine and sheen of the present-day, the Texas-born Lambert repeatedly strikes a chord with country fans eager for some female perspective within what has traditionally been a largely male-dominated idiom.
Edgy, attitude-driven and decidedly working class and “down to earth” in sentiment, Lambert is widely regarded as contemporary country’s reigning queen. Which is fitting, since she’s married to contemporary country’s reigning king, Blake Shelton.
Lambert brings her “Platinum Tour” – which includes opening offerings from Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett – to the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $29.50 for general admission lawn and $54.25 for reserved seating (www.livenation.com).
– Jeff Miers