OFFSTAGE: Behind Miranda Lambert’s Saddest Song

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We’re used to feisty. Flirty. Sweet. Sassy. But a tear-your-heart-out, bawl-your-face-off story? That’s kind of a new thing for Miranda Lambert. But it’s there on her upcoming album — a song called “Over You” that was inspired by her husband Blake Shelton‘s own tragedy as a teen. When Shelton was only 14, his brother Richie died in a car accident at age 24. Lambert told Ladies Home Journal that Shelton opened up to her about it one day while he was playing a little melody. So they added words. “I said, ‘You went away,’ and Blake said, ‘How dare you,’ and we both started crying. I’ve never cried writing a song before. Now that I’m so close to him, it’s my pain, too,” she said. “Later, he said, ‘I think it’s better if you record it. Honestly, I don’t think I can get through singing it every night onstage, so what’s the point?’ I love that song, and I feel like it’s time for me to show I have that side of me that’s vulnerable and hurting for someone else.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.