​Miranda Lambert: Little bit tough, little bit sweet


The country music powerhouse's latest album is "Platinum."

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"The House That Built Me" is just one of the country hits bearing Miranda Lambert's unique stamp. And Lambert's spoken words are as distinctive as the ones she sings. Lee Cowan now with A Summer Song:

Even if you don't know country music, one look at Miranda Lambert and it's easy to see why she's the queen of the country ball.

It's not just her blonde hair or her blue eyes. It's because Lambert's brand of country is about more than just pick-ups and partying.

"I think a good song makes people feel something," she said.

"And you've said every time that you've opened your heart to do that, you've ended up being successful," said Cowan.

"Being honest, that's my trick!" she laughed. "That's all I got. It's in everyday life, and it's in my music. It gets me into trouble sometimes, but I just feel like that's how God made me, is just to whatever I feel is on my face and out of my mouth!"

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There's a tattoo on her forearm, which she got when she was 22, that she says pretty much sums her up: "They're Colt 45s -- gun that won the West - and little angel wings. So little bit tough, little bit sweet. You're lookin' at it!"

Lambert made her name with rip-roaring anthems about heartache and revenge, with names like "Kerosene." Her fiery style was something country music hadn't seen in a while.

"Does that make it hard in some ways because country music didn't know where to put you?" Cowan asked.

"It took a minute. Yeah, it took a little bit," Lambert said. "I don't think people really understood what it was about. And country radio, too, at first, I think it was like too much, they were afraid people wouldn't respond, you know?"

"Were you ever afraid that people wouldn't respond?"

"No. I was overly confident!" she laughed.

The Academy of Country Music has named her Female Vocalist of the Year for the last five years in a row.

Lambert's four solo albums have sold more than a million copies each -- and this week she's out with her fifth. It's called "Platinum," named in part, she says, for the color of her hair and her Airstream trailer.

It's a softer Miranda -- now 30 - who is singing less about revenge, and more about reminiscing.

Hey, whatever happened to waitin' your turn,
Doing it all by hand,
'Cause when everything is handed to you,
It's only worth as much as the time put in.
It all just seemed so good the way we had it,
Back before everything became automatic.

"I feel like I rushed through a lot of my 20s, just in a hurry to get to the next thing, the next thing," Lambert said. "And now I feel like I'm excited to sort of slow down and enjoy the moment a little more and whatever I'm going -- just hanging out a little bit more."

These days, she's hanging out in Tishomingo, Okla., population about 3,100. She left her beloved Texas to move here and marry an Oklahoma native. But not just any native: she hitched her wagon to fellow superstar Blake Shelton.

They are country music's power couple -- stars in their own right, but collaborators, too. They co-wrote Lambert's hit single, "Over You."

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"Music is what drew us together in the first place," said Lambert. "But we do have a lot in common outside of that. So that's why our relationship is strong."

But that relationship has been tested by the tabloids: "I'ma lone and pregnant - don't I look miserable? Yeah, I've had like four babies in the last two months," she laughed, "And we have $100 million divorces. Blake's like, 'If one of us is getting $100 million divorce, then we're getting divorced!"

Then there's the endless talk about her weight.

"I've never been afraid of talking about Spanx and eating junk food and drinking and whatever else," she said. "I just am who I am, and then all of a sudden it's a big deal. I'd like all I did was cut out Cheetos, and now the whole world's talking about it."

Tishomingo offers a sanctuary from it all. She's turning an old downtown building into a bed and breakfast; and she owns the shop across the street, called the Pink Pistol, where she offers a little bit of everything.

"I want people to come here and see our little town," she said. "I want people to see what it's like living in the country, in Oklahoma, and to bring commerce to Tishomingo."

For now this is home -- unless she ever does become a mom. Then it's a different story.

"My mom's like, 'If you ever get pregnant, you better haul ass for the border. We're not having an Okie!'" Lambert laughed.