Roots

Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Jukebox Mafia

When: Sat., Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. 2014

Lambert is one of Nashville’s most consistent hit makers, churning out polished pop anthems which lean more southern rock than pure honky-tonk. If you look closely at the numbers, however, you notice something amiss. While the Texas native is known for her vengeful and fiery ex-lover machismo, her trio of number one singles (“House That Built Me,” “Heart Like Mine,” and “Over You”) are thoughtful ballads about memories, family and deceased friends.

That her kerosene-drenched rockers have yet to reach the summit of the charts speaks to how archaic much of the male-dominated Music City scene remains, but it’s also a testament to how deceptively un-Nashville Lambert is. Though she’s twangy and likes to mount bucks on her wall, her music is also feisty and free-wheeling, elements painfully absent from much of her respective genre.

Though she wears her country starlet clothing rather nicely, underneath is a smart songwriter who has penned, or co-penned, almost all of her best material, allowing her to be as independent as she damn well pleases.

— NUVO's Jon LaFollette

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