Miranda Lambert’s heartfelt quotes on sexism in country music
A real joker. Miranda Lambert is known for speaking her mind through her music â and she’s also not afraid to be outspoken on the country music scene.
The ‘Bluebird’ singer has been open about the sexism she’s faced over the years since debuting as a contestant on the reality show Nashville Star in 2003. While still a teenager trying to book shows in her home state of Texas, she realized how much harder she would have to work just because she’s a woman.
“The Texas scene wasn’t a place for girls at all back then,” she told NPR in November 2019. let’s not book girls. So, I would go to these places with my guitar and say, ‘Can I play during the set change?’ [Collaborator] Jack Ingram was one of them that we always went to see at his gigs, and he was like, ‘Yeah, you can play some songs while we’re changing.’ And people were moving ropes around my feet. It’s because I couldn’t get a gig â and the bar owner was like, ‘Well, she’s pretty good.'”
The “Actin’ Up” singer has released her first major label album, Kerosene, in March 2005. It was certified platinum in the United States, but none of its singles reached No. 1 on the country chart. This pattern repeated itself over and over again over the years, with Lambert’s subsequent albums receiving critical and commercial praise, but little radio airplay.
When she released her sprawling album The weight of these wings in November 2016, the CMA Award winner knew that many of her tracks weren’t radio friendly, but she wasn’t willing to compromise. ” I entered [my managerâs] office, saying, “I have 24 songs,” Lambert said HITS Daily Double in June 2018. “She said, ‘How are you going to cut it down? I said, ‘We are not.’ She said, ‘We’ll take care of it.’ Because I needed to say things, if only for me.
Nathalie Hemby, who has co-written many songs with Lambert over the years, is a big fan of her colleague’s ability to hold her own. âPeople are scared to try sât,â the Highwomen member told the Los Angeles Times in April 2022. “But Miranda’s attitude has always been: Hold my beer â look at this.”
Keep scrolling to see more of Lambert’s most critical quotes about the country music industry.