Miranda Lambert vents, transforms heartache in the studio and on the road

Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times on

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The album spans a panoply of emotions, as she shares her feelings about finding her way through rough patches in "Pushin' Time": "Sometimes love acts out of spite / And good things happen overnight." In "Well-Rested," as she strives to regain her balance, she pleads with whoever is listening, "Forgive me, I'm finding my wings."

And where is she on that front, a couple years down the line from writing and recording those songs?

"I feel like I'm one of those people who loves really big, does everything really big," she said, quickly adding as something of an explanation, as if it were needed: "I'm from Texas. But I'm excited about the journey."

A big part of the solace and healing she's found following a messy and very public divorce that was tabloid news fodder for months has come through live performance.

"I re-fall in love with this job every time I go out on the road, and I'm very thankful for that," she said. "I have the most incredible job in the world, and the fans have just been great.

"It's been awesome," she said. "Jon Pardi is on the tour with us, and almost every weekend we have a different opening act. We brought out my friends and people we wanted to see. At the Forum we have Lucie Silvas, who's amazing. I have these people I go watch before I go onstage, and they really inspire me."

Other openers on her 2018 Living Like Hippies Tour include such rising performers as Ashley McBryde, Turnpike Troubadours, Sunny Sweeney, Charlie Worsham and the Steel Woods. Later this summer she'll be sharing dates with Little Big Town.

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At the end of 2017 she made just her second transatlantic jaunt for a series of dates in England, Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.

Of the latter show, a rarity for her in a country where English is not the primary language spoken, she said, "It kind of blew my mind honestly. I was a little worried ... I wasn't sure how that was going to go. But they knew my songs -- I was so thankful."

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