OFFSTAGE: Miranda Lambert Finds Her Kind of Niche

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I’d hardly put Miranda Lambert in a category with acrobats, human cannonballs, dog-faced boys and tattooed ladies. But it does sound like maybe she relates to the family oddities in her song, “All Kinds of Kinds.” In a recent radio interview, Lambert explained, “I found my niche. I found my spot in country music, and everyone’s uplifted me through that and winning awards and having hits. But I still feel like I’m a little bit different. And I’m glad for that. But for ‘All Kinds of Kinds,’ it’s just talking about all kinds of scenarios and how it takes so many different characters to make the world what it is.” Even though Lambert didn’t write this one, there’s a line at the end of the song that is so her — about how she plays guitar and thinks about the day she stood up in geometry and everybody stared at her as she tossed her test into the trash and then hitched her way out of that small town. So she may not have been the teacher’s pet, Lambert is just right when she is the singer-songwriter kind.

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