We’re in the final days of 2011, and that means I’m winding down my “13 Days of Oklahoma Music,” a video series looking back at musical milestones reached by recording artists with state ties in the year almost past.
Country music star and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert continued to build on the momentum established with her 2009 album “Revolution.” In February, she won her first Grammy for “The House That Built Me,” her heartfelt ode to going home again from “Revolution.”
She not only was among the honorees during the Academy of Country Music’s “Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country,” but she also announced during the TV special that she was launching a side project: an all-girl trio with fellow singer-songwriters Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley called the Pistol Annies. In August, the trio released its debut album, “Hell on Heels,” and to the surprise of industry experts, it debuted at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart.
In November, her fourth solo album, “Four the Record,” also bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard country chart, making Lambert the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut in the top spot. “Four the Record” premiered at No 3 on the cross-genre Billboard 200.
Also in November, the Texas native earned her second straight female vocalist of the year title from the Country Music Association.
Oh yeah, she also wed fellow country star and Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton at a star-studded ceremony back in May.
Check out the Pistol Annies’ video for their hit first single “Hell on Heels” and “Baggage Claim,” her top-five lead-off single from “Four the Record.”