By the time Miranda Lambert released her third major-label LP, Revolution, in the fall of 2009, she had only notched a single Top Ten hit with “Gunpowder and Lead.” Her first albums, however, both debuted in the top chart spot, so anticipation was high as the release date for Revolution drew near. Unfortunately, the collection’s first single, “Dead Flowers,” barely cracked the Top 40. But fortunes were reversed with the LP’s second release, “White Liar,” a Number Two smash that became a million-seller.
To celebrate Revolution, Lambert staged a September 24th concert at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium, five days before the album’s release. During the show, the Texas native performed the entire LP in sequence for an audience that included music-industry invitees and enthusiastic fans — like Taylor Swift. The show was the first opportunity for many to hear the ballad that would be a game-changing Grammy winner for the country superstar, “The House That Built Me.” Noting that the Ryman was a house that did help build her, Lambert closed the song by kneeling to kiss the Ryman stage.
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After debuting the entire album, Lambert, minus her band, kept the show going with an acoustic tribute to Merle Haggard, performing his 1980 hit “The Way I Am.” Then, the singer channeled Patsy Cline for an entirely unplugged (no microphone) performance of “Crazy” — watch the performance above. The tributes to her country-music heroes continued with a rockabilly-tinged version of Hank Williams’ “Settin’ the Woods on Fire,” during which she introduced her band members. Before she sent the crowd home, Lambert also gave them “Famous in a Small Town,” “New Strings,” “More Like Her,” and the rafter-rattling “Gunpowder and Lead.”
In total, five singles were issued from Revolution, including Lambert’s second Number One hit, “Heart Like Mine,” which she penned with Travis Howard and her future Pistol Annies bandmate Ashley Monroe. To date, all five of Lambert’s LPs, including 2014’s Platinum, have debuted at Number One.