Miranda Lambert Will Take A Break From Intensive Tour Schedule

Sorcha Szczerbiak

Country singer Miranda Lambert has fully embraced the idea that hard work is usually a necessary ingredient for success in the music industry. Ever since her debut effort Kerosene was released in 2005, the majority of her time has been spent on the road. However, the 30-year-old singer recently announced she'll be taking the longest break from touring she's had since being a teenager.

Lambert didn't earn the right to have a solo headlining tour until five years after the release of her first album. However, as her career began to take off, the tables were turned. Eventually, Miranda Lambert began asking some of the country music genre's biggest acts to share the stage with her.

Over the years, Lambert has headlined tours and tapped musicians such as Gary Allan, Eric Church and Little Big Town to offer support at her shows. However, after doing a co-bill tour with Dierks Bentley in 2013, Miranda realized it was finally time to take time off from the road, both for personal and professional reasons.

When discussing the break, Lambert explained, "It's good, too, because then your batteries are recharged and you feel like you have more to give." Indeed, although many who don't make a living in the music industry like Miranda Lambert does might feel like the life of a touring musician is glamorous, it has downsides just like any job. Being away from friends and family members for such long stretches of time undoubtedly is hard for even the most seasoned artists.

This weekend, Lambert took the stage at the Country Thunder festival in Arizona to a record-breaking crowd of more than 26,000 people. That performance was favorably received by fans and critics alike. Reviews of the 90-minute set praised how Miranda demonstrated a genuine persona and didn't resort to the diva-like behavior that can be common in the entertainment world.

Reportedly, Lambert even showed pictures of herself from childhood during the set. While those may not have been the most flattering snapshots, they at least served to show the audience a snippet of her past.

Fortunately, if you haven't seen Miranda recently but would like to do so before she starts taking time to relax, you're not out of luck. This summer, she'll join Jason Aldean for three shows on his tour. Also, there's a new Miranda Lambert album, Platinum that's set to be released on June 3. She'll tour in support of it this summer during July and August before switching gears to get rejuvenated.

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