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
“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.” ……
Each member of the band… led their own song — backup vocalist and former The Voice contestant Gwen Sebastian’s near-a cappella cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” was (against all odds) a highlight… Lambert closed the show dueting with Sebastian on a note-perfect cover of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush.”
“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…”
January 10, 2015
Gwen will be out on tour with Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ tour, singing back up for one of country music’s best!
Sebastian’s current single is “Small Town Soul.” You can also see her on tour with Blake Shelton and soon she’ll be rejoining Miranda Lambert; for future tour dates, visit Sebastian’s official website.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been roughly three years since Gwen left The Voice and started touring with her coach, Blake Shelton. “It was pretty much initially after the battle rounds, is when I started touring with him and being a part of his band,” she told us. “Now I’m actually going to be going out in tour with Miranda [Lambert].
“Gwen Sebastian: An alumna from The Voice (from Team Blake), Gwen Sebastian is such an underrated talent. She sings back-up to Blake Shelton at his live shows, with her expressive vocals. Shelton duet with Sebastian entitled “My Eyes” reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country charts. Her single “Small Town Soul” is absolutely magical.”
Gwen nominated with Blake for Collaboration of the Year for “My Eyes” in the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards
After broadcasting the best in country music for more than four decades, the American Country Countdown radio show is gearing up for its own televised awards program. The first-ever American Country Countdown Awards will be held at Nashville’s Music City Convention Center on December 15th, with a live broadcast airing on FOX at 8 p.m. EST. The night’s top nominee, Luke Bryan, is set to perform on the show, as are Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert.
Unlike the CMA Awards, whose winners are determined by association members, or the ACMs, which collects votes from both industry members and fans, the American Country Countdown Awards will hand out its own trophies based on radio airplay and touring stats gleaned from outlets like Soundscan, Pollstar and Mediabase. The only fan-voted category is Breakthrough Artist of the Year, whose contenders are Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.
The list of nominees for the evening’s nine major awards includes the expected crop of A-listers — Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum — as well as several names less commonly heard at country awards shows, such as Female Vocalist of the Year hopefuls Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope. Meanwhile, CMA’s reigning Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan, leads the overall pack of nominees with seven nods, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and two separate entries for Digital Song of the Year. Following closely behind are Florida Georgia Line with six nominations, and Jason Aldean with four. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are in for a particularly busy night, as they’ll also be hosting the show. Sorry, Kix Brooks!
2014 American Country Countdown Awards Nominees
Collaboration of the Year
“This Is How We Roll,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
“Small Town Throwdown,” Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“My Eyes,” Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert