Miranda Lambert fans in Atlanta got more than they bargained for at her concert on Saturday night (Jan. 20), when the singer and her band burst into a high-energy cover of the Joe Walsh classic "Rocky Mountain Way."
Click the fan-shot video above to hear the familiar opening riff, which amped up the crowd who turned out at the Infinite Energy Arena in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, Ga., to see one of the early dates of Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies Tour.
Lambert struts the stage and does the heavy song justice with a high-octane vocal performance, but the focus of much of the arrangement is her band members — especially her steel player, Spencer Cullum, Jr., who added a jaw-dropping pedal steel recreation of Walsh’s iconic talkbox solo. She took the opportunity to introduce her band to the crowd over the slow, heavy pulse of the beat, and her guitarists also got to strut their stuff in extended slide guitar passages.
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Lambert kicked off her tour in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 18, and she and her fans have already shared several special moments from the shows via social media, with Lambert showing off her light-up boots on opening night. That same night a fan captured footage of a saucy moment during Lambert’s performance of "Little Red Wagon" in which she appeared to throw a quick dig at ex-husband Blake Shelton by changing one of the lyric lines to, "I got the hell out of Oklahoma," an apparent reference to her sudden relocation after their split.
The Livin’ Like Hippies Tour runs through March 24. Jon Pardi will join Lambert for all 23 tour stops, and select dates will feature Charlie Worsham, Ashley McBryde, Sunny Sweeney, the Steel Woods, Lucie Silvas, Turnpike Troubadours and Brent Cobb.
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