Then & Now with Miranda Lambert

The Grammy award winning country vocalist sits down with WE to discuss wine, food and her childhood.


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Miranda Lambert and her 2009 album, “Revolution” are award magnets: A 2011 Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance, 2010 awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Miranda stocks her own on-tour Airstream trailer (“a rolling bar”) with a variety of wines, some of which were forged in her honor using grapes grown in the Lone Star State by Red 55 Winery (red55winery.com), which is based in Miranda’s hometown of Lindale, Texas. Red 55 (named after her ’55 Chevy Stepside truck) crafts red, white and dessert wines celebrating accomplishments in the singer’s life.

Favorite beverage when I was 6:

Chocolate milk. My mom used to say that the fountains in heaven would be filled with it.

Favorite beverage now:

Coffee in the morning, unsweetened tea in the afternoon, Bacardi and Diet Sprite in the evening and a great red wine with dinner.

Epiphany wine experience:

When I was on a promotion tour with my first album, having dinner with Sony music reps and radio executives, the promotion team ordered wine, and I thought, “If my career doesn’t make it at least I will have tasted some really good wine!

Favorite dish when I was 6:

My favorite dish then is my favorite dish now. Chicken fried steak.

Favorite musical artist when I was 13:

When I was 13, I was listening to Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, but my favorite all-time artists, those that I have always listened to, are Merle Haggard, Emmy Lou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark—all of the old school artists that never go out of style. My dad was a musician and songwriter and we always had weekend parties on the porch where everyone brought their guitars and played the oldies. People say I’ve got an old soul. I guess I got it on my front porch.

Favorite musical artist/genre now:

Same answer!

Favorite toy when I was 6:

My trampoline.

Favorite toy/gadget/tool now:

My iPhone.

Posters/decorations on my bedroom wall when I was 13:

Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Garth Brooks.

Favorite painting or other home decoration now:

A painting of a carousel at a carnival and one of the horses, a beautiful white one, has come to life and escaped from the carousel.

What I wanted to be when I grew up:

I am living the dream of what I wanted to be when I grew up. Who gets to do that?

Ideal vacation when I was 12:

Greune, Texas.

Ideal vacation now:

Greune, Texas. We still have our family trip there every year. That will always be my favorite vacation spot. If you’ve ever been to Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, you will see why. It’s a true Texas honky-tonk!

If I had an emotional meltdown when I was 6, it was most likely over:

My hair. I wore the teased bangs look and that was hard to get right.

If I was able to rant publicly on a given subject today, it would involve:

Adoption of pets. My pet peeve is when people dump pets or don’t care for them or abandon them. “Love a Shelter Pet” is my motto.

What would my 16-year-old self think of who I am and what I’ve become?

Very proud. I’m living the dream come true.

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