On August 4th and 5th, Miranda Lambert’s Highway Vagabond Tour made a two-night stop in her home state of Texas at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, and Miranda got a little feisty on Friday when introducing her current radio single, “Tin Man.”
Like many current singles from the women of country music, “Tin Man” has been struggling mightily to gain traction on radio. Meandering in the mid 30’s for many weeks now, it’s still too early to call it done, but it certainly won’t be a hit, or crack the Top 20 with the way things are going. Miranda first released the song co-written by Jack Ingram and Jon Randall after performing an acoustic solo version at the ACM’s in April. That’s also how she performed the song on Friday night.
“I’m gonna do one by myself, because I can,” Miranda told the crowd. “I want to do this on behalf of all the girls that are not being played on country radio right now. If you really love us, you will call and request any female that has a song out and something to say. This is one of those called ‘Tin Man.'”
Currently on the Billboard Country Airplay charts, there are only three solo women performers, including Miranda Lambert and “Tin Man” at #36, which is down from the song’s peak at #34. There are also no women in the Top 10. The highest charting female is Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing” at #19, which is being helped along by iHeartMedia’s “On The Verge” program. But even with this boost, which usually pushes singles to #1, the song is struggling.
As one of the most award-decorated artists in country music history, Miranda hasn’t shied away from speaking out about the plight of women on country radio’s playlists.
“‘If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out,’ – Keith Hill. This is he biggest bunch of BULLSHIT I have ever heard,” Miranda Lambert tweeted out in late May of 2015 amid the whole Tomatogate scandal. “I am gonna do everything in my power to support and promote female singer/songwriters in country music. Always.”
Miranda Lambert put her money where her mouth is on her latest record The Weight of These Wings, which includes multiple critically-acclaimed songwriters in the track list. Miranda Lambert is also a member of the supergroup The Pistol Annies with Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, which is rumored to have a new album potentially coming in 2018. Miranda also showed her support for independent songwriters by inviting Wade Bowen on stage with her during the New Braunfels show to cover George Strait’s “The Fire I Can’t Put Out.”
Video of Miranda Lambert’s dedication can be seen below. She also shouts out “Cheetos, Titos, and Texas.”
“Cheers to Cheetos, Titos, & Texas” – Miranda Lambert 🖤 She dedicated this song to all the female country artists that are not being played. pic.twitter.com/2TzBdn8F4H
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