There’s a cute little rescue dog and a hot, shirtless pool boy, but the minute Miranda Lambert steps out of her Airstream trailer and surveys the desert scene, the “Little Red Wagon” video is pure Lambert, off and running. The latest clip from the Platinum country superstar has her decked out in red cowboy boots, sashaying her way into a motel, charming both the desk clerk and the maid, with a scrappy little pup named Jamie in tow. The singer, who didn’t actually write the song (more about the writer later…), shot the clip three days before she performed it on February’s Grammys.
The video also gives Lambert a chance to explore a few different looks, including a rhinestone-studded belt that reads “Mrs. Shelton,” in honor of her husband, fellow country superstar (and The Voice coach) Blake Shelton.
Though she’s earned a reputation (and a whole lot of hit singles thus far) for writing or co-writing much of her own material, “Little Red Wagon” was penned by songwriter Audra Mae, an Oklahoma native and the great-great niece of Judy Garland. Lambert admits she tracked Mae down in a bit of a “stalker way,” determined to get her permission to record the song. After the writer gave a wholehearted yes, the singer then asked Mae to record background vocals on the track.
“Apparently somebody she was on the road with had heard my record and suggested the song to her,” Mae, who co-wrote “Little Red Wagon” with Joe Ginsberg, tells Entertainment Tonight. “They started listening to it and she really liked it. She is one of the most grounded, humble people you’ll ever meet, also a Texas girl. . . She was apparently nervous about contacting me, so her husband cornered my publisher at a country awards show in Vegas and said, ‘Can you please get me her number because my wife has listened to this record all the time and she’s too shy to do anything about it.'”
At a party for the finale of The Voice, Mae and Lambert met for the first time, then met again a few months later, when Lambert asked her permission to record the song.
“I thought it was so funny because that’s not common at all,” she recalled. “It’s really not necessary, especially if you’re a huge artist – you can do whatever you want! But she’s old-school cool. She asked my permission and I was like, ‘Are you fucking crazy? Of course you can.’ It was really cool. Blake was making us pizza and chicken fingers and pouring us coffee, being such a good host.”
“Little Red Wagon” is the latest single from Platinum, which helped Lambert to lead the pack of ACM award nominees this year with eight nods, including Entertainer of the Year. Mae, who is also one of the co-writers of the new Kelly Clarkson single, “Heartbeat Song,” is set to release her solo album, Queendom Come, later this spring.