Nothing makes me sadder than seeing an empty tour page on an artist's website. In my heart, I realize that country stars need a break from the road. But still, country fans need something to look forward to, especially in the spring and summer.
So Miranda Lambert fans will have to wait until about midsummer before they get to see her. Other than a couple of dates in June, the reigning ACM female vocalist of the year has no shows scheduled between now and July 10 when she gets back out on the road starting in Ohio.
Lambert thinks the hiatus will be good for her.
"I have a break right now," she told ABC Radio. "This is the longest break I've ever had since I was 17 -- since I started playing music -- and I'm not touring till the summer now. It's good, too, because your batteries are recharged and you feel like you have more to give."
She admits she's a little worried her performance skills may get rusty during her time off the road.
"It's like, wait a minute, do I really, do I remember how to do this?" she said. "Wait a minute, what am I supposed to be doing? Am I onstage?"
Lambert's new album Platinum will be released June 3. It's slated to have an all-star guest list, including collaborations with Carrie Underwood on "Somethin' Bad," Little Big Town on "Smokin' and Drinkin'" and the Time Jumpers on "All That's Left."