When Miranda Lambert’s Platinum album was released in June, she said something about one of the tracks — “Old Sh!t” — I’ll never forget.
“I just buy a bunch of old shit that I don’t need for a house I’m gonna build one day that I don’t have yet,” she said of how she likes to go to the flea market in Round Top, Texas, every year. And this year, the event starts Wednesday (Oct. 1).
The Original Round Top Antiques Fair has been around for 47 years so, in a way, it’s pretty old itself. But even though the fair’s official website boasts an “irresistible array of beautifully displayed very early Americana, Texas primitive and continental furniture and accessories,” to Lambert, it’s just a place where one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and one man’s pain is another man’s pleasure.
In the infectious harmonica-heavy song, written by Brent Cobb and Neil Mason, Lambert sings about the things she might find at such a sale — Red Man tobacco, old turntables, vinyl records, Black & Deckers, hand-me-downs and more.
So I have this gut feeling that since her next tour date isn’t until Saturday in Las Vegas, you may find Lambert this week in Texas this week — somewhere about halfway between Austin and Houston — loading up her truck with some vintage, distressed, reclaimed and/or gently used finds.
Even though the fair is a good five or six hours from Lambert and Blake Shelton’s home in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, it looks like it would be a worthwhile road trip. It’s 17 hours from where I live, and I’m kind of thinking about going.