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The CMA Songwriters Series returned to the Royale nightclub in Boston last night (July 11) and it brought country music royalty with it.
For the third year in a row, Boston fans were treated to a big star in a small venue as reigning Country Music Association Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert joined up-and-comer Kip Moore and award-winning songwriters Brett James and series host Bob DiPiero for a thrilling, two-hour writers' round.
It was a relaxed affair featuring both big hits and deep cuts, tall tales and true stories, belly laughs and heartfelt tears. Brett talked about writing two No. 1 songs with Kenny Chesney—“Out Last Night” and “Reality”—in one session. Kip told an uproarious tale about a female fan calling out a ribald request at an inopportune moment during a performance of “Hey Pretty Girl.” And host Bob got the whole northern crowd singing along to “Southern Voice.”
Miranda may have been the night’s biggest star, but she was clearly thrilled to be part of the gang. She needled the boys, joked that she was going to get everyone’s autograph after the show and happily sang harmony vocals for her fellow writers. She was especially excited when she realized that Bob was going to sing one of her favorites that he had written. “Are you going to sing Diamond Rio?” she asked. “’Cause I’m going to crap my pants.” She then cheerfully raised her voice on “Mirror Mirror.”
Miranda also performed a handful of her own songs, including “Love Is Looking for You,” an early track close to her heart, and an emotional take on her CMA award winner “Over You.” She said it meant a lot to her to be recognized for that song and to be included in a show like this. “It was always my goal and dream as a songwriter to win Song of the Year for anything,” she said. “I love being an artist and touring and all that, but I love songwriting and that’s what I’m going to do until the day I die.”