Gwen & Miranda Lambert play a surprise show w/Miranda’s band & crew @ Joe’s in Chicago

Gwen & Miranda Lambert play a surprise show w/Miranda’s band & crew @ Joe’s in Chicago

“The big Kenny Chesney show at Soldier Field isn’t until Saturday (June 6). But Miranda Lambert? She got to Chicago a couple of days early, so naturally, she wanted to warm up her voice.

How’d she do it? By playing a surprise show — for free — at Joe’s Bar on Thursday night, joining her band and crew’s own band Permnent Damage onstage.

(And no. I’m not spelling that wrong. The band’s website clearly explainsthat the missing “a” was struck by lightning.)

They do this from time to time: show up a little early for a big Lambert show and head to a local bar to take the stage, play some cover songs by the B-52’s, Guns N’ Roses, Rush and more and generally blow off some steam.

At this particular Chicago show, Lambert also had Gwen Sebastian with her.

“Ok Chicago @gwensebastian and me are rehearsing for the Permnent Damage show tonight at Joes Bar. ‘Bang Bang Bang on the door baby … Knock a little louder sugar’ … #we’rewiththeband,” Lambert tweeted early in the day.” …..

by  6/5/2015 | CMT

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Gwen sings with Blake Shelton on cover of “Forever Young” for the upcoming movie “Max”

Gwen sings with Blake Shelton on cover of “Forever Young” for the upcoming movie “Max”

“Blake Shelton has lent his vocals to movie soundtracks in the past (Footloose theme song), but his cover of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” for upcoming movie Max is unlike anything we have heard from the country music superstar. According to its IMDb page, Max is a movie about “a dog that helped U.S. Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler’s family after suffering a traumatic experience.”

A slow, sentimental approach to a song with lyrics that deliver a prayer for somebody to have a life filled with happiness and joy, Blake croons along to a piano and slow strings in the first verse before being joined by beautiful background vocalist Gwen Sebastian. In the second verse, the music explodes into an orchestra, incorporating more strings and percussion to create a massive peak in the track. As the song draws to a close, the instrumentality valleys again, ending on an emotionally stunning note.” ……

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Watch Miranda Lambert, Gwen Sebastian Cover ‘Girl Crush’ at Surprise Show

“Lambert’s rendition of the new Little Big Town single, “Girl Crush,” teamed the singer with Gwen Sebastian, who also dusted off the Cranberries’ “Zombie” for the crowd. (Sebastian, an alumna of The Voice’s Team Blake, is a backup singer for both Lambert and husband Blake Shelton, in addition to her own solo career.) Watch them harmonize on the sultry Little Big Town song…”

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