It was a night to honor some of Nashville’s hottest songwriters and their collaborations with Miranda Lambert on her critically acclaimed, platinum-selling double album, The Weight of These Wings.
As part of the “Front and Center” CMA Songwriter Series, Lambert invited her co-writers—including Liz Rose, Natalie Hemby, Jon Randall, Jack Ingram and Shane McAnally,—to join her on stage to share the stories behind their songs, as well as acoustic performances of the tracks on her album.
While the night was filled with many highlights, the sweetest moment came when the “Vice” singer invited her dad, Rick Lambert, to join her on stage for a performance.
“I kind of threw this in last minute. Last night I texted my mom and said, ‘Get on Southwest and come to Nashville.’ My dad was my very first co-writer I ever had. He taught me how to play guitar, he taught me how to love music and I ended up getting further on “Nashville Star”— back in the day—from a song that I wrote with dad, called ‘Greyhound Bound For Nowhere.’ So I’m gonna bring Rick Lambert up tonight, ” the 33-year-old said as the crowd erupted into applause.
“How about a big hand for my daughter and all her incredible friends,” Lambert’s dad said upon taking the stage.
“My dad and I haven’t sang this song together, besides at a campfire, in a long time. It’s really special to do it. Like I said, it’s one of the first songs we ever wrote. It’s one of the first songs I ever wrote as a songwriter, so I hope you like it.”
With that, the father and duo daughter launched into “Greyhound Bound For Nowhere.”
You can catch Miranda’s “Front and Center” CMA Songwriter Series on PBS early next year.