Ya never know who’s gonna show up to play at a bar in Nashville.
This time, Miranda Lambert made a surprise appearance at the historic Station Inn in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood earlier this week.
The venue was founded in 1975 by a group of bluegrass musicians, and bought by Earl “JT” Gray in 1981, who owned it all the way up until his passing in March of this year. JT presented Miranda with her Grammy for Best Country Albumlast year, as well.
Miranda hopped up on stage and sang Merle Haggard’s classic track “Silver Wings,” from his 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard. A solo write from the record, it’s all about Merle’s heartbreak when the woman he loves gets on a plane to go somewhere far away and leaves him lonely back home.
Of course, Miranda has been known to cover a track or two from The Hag, singing other songs of his in the past, like “The Way I Am” and “Misery & Gin”.
Merle is one of Miranda’s personal heroes, so it’s always cool to see her pay tribute to one of country music’s greats:
“Merle was one of my heroes. He’s the reason I write songs, he changed my life so much.”
The fact that she’ll just get up on stage at a small dive bar on a random Monday night, in just jeans and a sweatshirt, and play with the house band is what I love about her: