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Miranda Lambert playlist for Tampa show

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Tampa-bound Miranda Lambert performs at the 2013 CMA Music Festival at the LP Field on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in Nashville,Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Miranda Lambert’s immense talent, singular beauty and adorable pluckiness have made her one of the biggest and most respected stars in country music. She excels at singing her own songs and interpreting the works of others.

Here’s a highly subjective look at her best solo releases, all of which I hope to hear Friday when she plays Tampa. The songs start with selections from Lambert’s 2005 debut “Kerosene” and continue through her latest album, 2011’s “Four the Record.”

1. “Kerosene”: Lambert’s first big hit finds her delivering awesomely vengeful lyrics about burning down the house down of a cheating boyfriend over a boot-stomping beat.

2. “What About Georgia?”: This mid-tempo number finds Lambert sensitively examines a man in his early 30s who has left his wife and child behind and is perhaps struggling with substance abuse.

3. “Gunpowder & Lead”: Backed by an army of screaming guitars, Lambert offers a fiery, first-person account of a woman getting ready to shoot her abusive husband as soon as he returns from jail.

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Miranda Lambert performs at the 2013 CMA Music Festival. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

4. “Dry Town”: A great, humorous little ditty about the problem of getting stuck in a place that won’t even allow the sale of beer.

5. “Desperation”: My favorite, Lambert wrote this gorgeously sad song that perfectly captures the pain of dealing with unrequited love.

6. “White Liar”: A clever look at infidelity that ranks with all those great cheating songs of country music’s honky-tonk golden era.

7. “Time To Get A Gun”: Lambert offers a smart, nuanced reading of this controversial song by Fred Eaglesmith.

8. “Heart Like Mine”: Listen and smile as Lambert admits to gaining courage after that second cocktail, having the occasional smoke and feeling OK about it, “’Cause I heard Jesus, He drank wine / And I bet we’d get along just fine.”

9. “All Kinds Of Kinds”: Like the title suggests, this is an anthem of acceptance, but one that largely eschews didactic platitudes and sticks to winning humor and heart.

10. “Mama’s Broken Heart”: Lambert employs a catchy melody and sings with scary sincerity about a young woman dealing with a bad breakup.

Listen to "Miranda Lambert playlist for Ticket Sarasota" on Spotify.

Miranda Lambert with Dierks Bentley, The Cadillac Three, Randy Rogers Band
7 p.m. Friday; MidFlorida Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. Hwy. 301, Tampa; $38.25-$67; (800) 745-3000; livenation.com

Miranda Lambert with Dierks Bentley, The Cadillac Three, Randy Rogers Band
7 p.m. Friday; MidFlorida Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. Hwy. 301, Tampa; $38.25-$67; (800) 745-3000; livenation.com
Listen to "Miranda Lambert playlist for Ticket Sarasota" on Spotify.

Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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