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See Miranda Lambert’s Soulful, Girl-Powered ‘Shed a Little Light’

‘Platinum’ singer covers Foy Vance song with help from Patty Loveless, Ashley Monroe, Clare Dunn and other tourmates

Miranda Lambert wrapped up her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour last month, filling her final shows with one-off covers, unannounced guests and even a short-lived Pistol Annies reunion. During an October 3rd encore in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she brought most of the crew — including singers Ashley Monroe, Clare Dunn, Patty Loveless, Courtney Cole, Angaleena Presley and Gwen Sebastian — back to the stage for a show-closing, all-hands-on-deck version of Foy Vance‘s “Shed a Little Light.” Together, the group formed a country-gospel super-choir, taking Fayetteville’s Crown Coliseum to church on a Saturday night. 

Above, Lambert kicks off “Shed a Little Light” alone, backed only by guitarist Alex Weeden. The video then skips ahead several seconds, cutting to a stage that’s filled with more than a half-dozen of her road mates. While singers like Presley and Loveless (who made an appearance earlier in the evening for a surprise duet of Four the Record‘s “Dear Diamond”) croon harmonies in the background, Monroe, Cole, Dunn and Sebastian all take turns at the mic. Lambert’s entire band gets a piece of the action, too, playing “Shed a Little Light” — originally released on Foy Vance’s 2007 debut, Hope — with tasteful restraint. The result is a performance that doesn’t shine a light on the tour’s headliner as much as the entire cast and crew, proof that it takes a village to keep a Roadside Bar in business. 


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