In a special “Dateline” airing at 9 tonight on NBC, Hoda Kotb interviews Grammy Award-winning country music star Miranda Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo.
The two-part interview includes Lambert’s husband and fellow country music star Blake Shelton, star of NBC’s hit reality TV show “The Voice.” Kotb dishes with Lambert from the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, Tenn., about life on the road, falling in love with Shelton and her new band, The Pistol Annies.
Fellow Annies Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley then join Lambert as they talk about their debut album “Hell on Heels,” which dropped last week; forming the band; and collaborating together on songwriting. To read my column on the Annies and their debut album, featuring interviews with Lambert and Presley, click here.
Lambert tells Kotb in the interview, “I said I wanted to build an empire. So I started a girl band. Yeah. People think I’m crazy. They’re going, you did what? It’s just– it’s three artists, three artists. We’re all alike in the fact that we sing about empowering women and real life.”
The Texas native and Oklahoma transplant also fielded questions from Kotb about how she first became attracted to Shelton, an Ada native she first met while performing “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” with him on a TV special.
Click here to read a couple of excerpts from tonight’s “Dateline” interview.