Music. That is what Miranda Lambert will make. And what better use of her two weeks off, right? Lambert and Dierks Bentley played a Saturday (Aug. 24) in North Carolina, and they don't have any scheduled shows together until they get to Missouri on Sept. 6. (Bentley is playing Friday night in Milwaukee at a Harley-Davidson party, but that's not part of the tour with Lambert.)
And so Lambert tweeted a couple of hints that she'd be back in the studio doing what she does best.
"Thanks for an awesome night last night Raleigh!" she wrote immediately following the show. "Back in Nashville. Time to make a record!"
And then on Thursday (Aug. 29), she wrote, "Day 4! Surprises in store" and tweeted a picture of herself behind a studio microphone, wearing a red bandana tied up in her hair.
So what this could mean -- I hope -- is a new Lambert album by the end of the year. Her last one, Four the Record, was released at the end of 2011. And Lambert's albums have been spaced about two years apart since her debut with Kerosene in 2005 after she came in third on the first season of Nashville Star. However, she did have that self-released, self-titled album in 2001, and if you have a copy of that, I'd love to track it down. There's a song on it called "Texas as Hell" that I heard once, and it was all I needed to know I loved it. It's country as hell.