Guest of honor Miranda Lambert chats with fellow singer-songwriter Eric
Durrance at the Aug. 11 party. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Rollins Media)
Stargazing's easy to do when the stars are of the country-music persuasion and the place the gazin' is going on is a party in honor of country artist Miranda Lambert.
Such was the case Tuesday evening, Aug. 11, at the trendy 1808 Grille on Nashville's West End Avenue, where Lambert was the guest of honor at a party sponsored by People magazine and the cotton industry, the latter of which proudly boasts the hit singer-songwriter as its current celebrity spokesmodel.
This scribe was honored to be invited to the festivities, which celebrated not only Miranda's role as the cotton-clad model in cotton's extensive ad campaign, but also her presence in the brand-new People Country Special issue that's on newsstands now through Sept. 7. (Reba McEntire's on the cover, by the way.)
Naturally beautiful, Lambert--who's set to unleash her Revolution at the Ryman this month, visited with friends and fellow country stars, posed for many o' photo and even signed this scribe's copy of People.
Did she know what page her People feature was on? No, she didn't, and that in itself was endearing, as was watching her flip from page to page, looking for her editorial layout so that she could lend her autograph upon request.
Echo Music's KingBilly players were a cotton-wearin' clan.
(Photo: Courtesy of Rollins Media)
Moreover, was the country starlet wearing cotton, you may wonder? Why, of course, she was. Specifically, she donned an 80/20 cotton blend. But Lambert wasn't the lone country star wearing the fabric that breathes better than any other.
Per this writer's cotton-themed line of questioning, most country artists in attendance were indeed donning a cotton-based wardrobe, from hit-newcomer Eric Durrance, the members of Lady Antebellum and Chris Young, to the stunning Martina McBride, David Nail and Darryl Worley.
The Music-City-based lineup known as KingBilly, in fact, was wearing cotton times five. Players Donny Fallgatter (lead vocals), Josh Matheny (dobro, lap steel, vocals), John Osborne ("take-off" guitar, vocals), Matt Utterback (bass), Kevin Weaver (drums) and Charlie Worsham (banjo, mandolin, guitar, vocals) passed the cotton check in spades by flaunting their "500 percent cotton" status with a toast and high-fives.
Country fans can expect to hear more about the evening, thanks to video crews from People.com, CMT, GAC, Nashville's Fox 17 and more, all of which lined up to tape the country stars on the red carpet, which was actually white, so go figure.
Nevertheless, kudos to Lambert on her People-meets-cotton promotion, which was tubs o' fun, even if her country-star boyfriend of three years, Blake Shelton, couldn't be there. And, don't forget to snag a copy of her forthcoming Revolution CD that comes out on Sept. 29, and please, wear more cotton, won't you?
Writer's Note: As the proud granddaughter of a Texas cotton farmer, Country Music Examiner Lisa L. Rollins admits she's biased when it comes to fabrics. Thus, here's your full disclosure.