What's on Miranda Lambert's iPod? You might be surprised


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Miranda Lambert, the current queen of country music, is working double time these days.

Not only is she promoting her new girl band, Pistol Annies, who released their debut album, Hell on Heels, on Tuesday, she’s beginning to gear up for the November 4 release of her own disc, Four The Record.

But Lambert, whose single “Baggage Claim” is quickly racing up the charts, isn’t just a performer—she’s a listener, too!

EW caught up with the no-nonsense blonde last week, and she told us about what she’s been playing on her iPod recently.

Check out Miranda’s music picks below:

“I just love how much soul she has. She sings with all of herself, and whenever you listen, it just feels like she’s telling a story and you’re believing every word of it. I like “Rumour Has It.” I like sassy songs, as you know—it’s got some sex appeal to it, but it’s also just sassy.”

“I’m obsessed with Beyonce. B’Day is my favorite. I remember reading interviews and watching her in interviews and her saying that she wasn’t even really scheduled to go into the studio, and she just [went], kind of, underground. That record—it really feels like no one was bothering her. She kind of went in and did whatever she wanted. It feels like a lot of influences of Motown are in that record. I have every Beyoncé record, I have Destiny’s Child, I’ve seen her four times in concert, so I’m just a giant fan. I actually got to meet her briefly at the American Airlines center last year. I just love her, and I will always buy every record she makes, but I still love B’Day the most.”

“Blake [who Miranda married earlier this year] is such a great singer, and we have such different tastes in music, but ‘Honey Bee’ is such a feel-good song. It makes you just want to listen to it over and over. Red River Blue—I feel like he had a good time in the studio when I listen to that record. It’s really him. It’s 100% him. There’s nothing on there that’s kind of just stuck on there. Every song belongs on the album.”

It’s just the best. You can literally put it on and sit there for four hours and sit on your deck and drink a beer and never feel like you need to change a track. It’s absolutely the best box-set ever. I’m a huge Merle Haggard fan. I think people that feel like they don’t know country music need to listen to Merle Haggard because, to me, he’s everything that I love about country music. He’s real, and he writes about real things that he’s actually been through without being afraid of what he’s saying, and his voice is so smooth and so country. He’s a great representation of what I love about country music. I love ‘The Way I Am.’ That’s one of my favorite songs of his. And ‘Down Every Road,’ because it sort of describes what my life is. ‘Down every road is always one more city,’ you know? Sometimes you can put an album on and not feel like you need to skip any [tracks], and that’s that whole box set for me.”

“She’s actually one of my good friends. She sang at our wedding, and she’s just one of the most amazing songwriters. She’s this tiny little girl, and she has the biggest voice. I mean, she can belt it. She’s a diva—she’s awesome. She’s one of the greatest singers around, and her live show is amazing, and her songwriting is amazing. I love ‘The Story,’ and she sang it at our wedding, so I’m partial to that one. And ‘Terpentine,’ I love that one too.

PISTOL ANNIES: Hell on Heels
Pistol Annies is obviously my new girl band project. I just feel like it happened so organically. It’s three friends that came together and have the same passion for songwriting, and we just have this amazing chemistry together. It’s been so much fun to write with those girls and put this project together, and have the girls on the road with me. It’s a real thing. It’s the opposite of contrived. The whole record, Hell on Heels, takes you back like 30 years. If you put it in, you’re going to think you stepped back in time. [My favorite songs on the album?] Obviously, “Hell on Heels.” It’s swampy and sexy, and it’s girls with attitude, and you really aren’t sure what happens to the guys in the song, if they’re dead or not dead. (laughs) It’s so much fun to do live. Another one of my favorites on there is “Hunter’s Wife,” because I married an avid hunter.

“I really love Ashton Shepherd. I think that she’s a girl that we need in country because she’s so raw and real and just hardcore country. She’s the real deal. I’m definitely trying to kind of champion her and push her name out there even more, because I think she’s good for us.”

There’s a guy named Hayes Carll that we listen to a lot. For the Pistol Annies, he’s our gettin’ ready music. He had a song, actually, on the Country Strong soundtrack called “Hard Out Here.” He’s kind of that red dirt sound, but he’s just really great songwriter, just really cool, raw, real sound. He’s awesome. You should check him out.

What do you think of Miranda’s picks, Music Mixers? Surprised by any of these choices?

Read more on EW.com:
Miranda Lambert releases ‘Baggage Claim’, the first single off ‘Four the Record’
Pistol Annies debut new song ‘Bad Example': Listen to it here!
Lenny Kravitz: What’s on My iPod — an EW Q&A

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  • Templar

    If Miranda’s listening to it, it must be good.

  • sassyc

    Who are the other girls in her “girl group”?

    • Debbie

      Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley are the other two gals in Pistol Annies

  • gonzo

    I’m in love with her even more now. She is just the real deal and I’ll be a fan of hers forever.

  • Andy

    Am I supposed to be surprised by how unsurprising it is?

  • True Blue

    Would’ve NEVER guessed her to be a Beyonce fan. Hell, she must be a bigger fan than I am because I don’t own any Destiny’s Child albums.

  • Justin C.

    I love Miranda. I’m never surprised, however, that a person with a career in music likes different kinds of music.

  • JPX

    Who the hell is Miranda Lambert?

  • negatory

    except for Merle, she could stand to look a little deeper down the deep well of American music. Honey Bee?? yeesh.

  • pat

    JPX, just hang around and no doubt you will learn who MIRANDA LAMBERT is!!!

  • Heather

    Love Miranda! SHe has excellent taste in music. :)

  • Debbie

    Ashton Shepherd is awesome..love her new album Where Country Grows. Miranda is the best…love everything about her.

  • PN

    I thought that she’d listen to strictly country songs, since that’s her main genre. But I am very impressed with Miranda’s music choices! She even loves Adele’s red hot 21 album and Beyonce’s 2006 album B’Day. I’m sure she loves the Stargate, Ne-Yo, Rodney Jerkins and Sean Garrett produced songs on the album! She even loves Destiny’s Child’s music as well! Doesn’t Miranda like Beyonce’s new album 4? And yes, she had to give the nod to her man Blake Shelton, but the rest of her list is mostly pop, R&B and rock artists.. I can see she can be rocking to those songs on the Ipod or portab;e CD player while cultivating her crops on her farm in Texas. Sounds like she’s got an urban sounding listening experience to match with her rural lifestyle!

    • PN

      I forgot about the underrated Rich Harrison, who’s also all over that Beyonce album too with a few songs that he produced on B’Day!

  • PN

    And Beyonce did her B’Day album WITHOUT telling her former manager Matthew Knowles about it! She did her album her way without the pressures of music execs who want that radio ready “hit” single! And that’s why it performed so well with its hits. I love that album too!

  • Jenn

    Its funny how I love Miranda’s taste in music. May seem like a bunch of random artists she has on there…but I love them all too…every single one :) Love Miranda! I can totally see hangingout with her!

  • Tina

    I love Miranda & Blake both, I have been a Miranda fan since Nashville Stars,It does’t matter if she a country singer that likes different kinds of music,I’m a country person who love country music but i also like different kinds of music depends on who it is.LOVE YOU MIRANDA LAMBERT SHELTON.

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