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Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith News

We hope everyone is having a good Monday so far.  We always like to begin our weeks discussing top news from last week, and two of the biggest stars in country music, Miranda Lambert and Toby Keith, have been making a few headlines as of late.

Unfortunately for Miranda Lambert fans, she’s topping the news blurbs for the wrong reason.  Due to continued doctor’s orders to rest her voice, Lambert has had to cancel and/or postpone a number of shows recently…and it seems that this may be the case for at least another week or so.

This past weekend, Miranda postponed shows in Orange Beach, Alabama on July 12, Atlanta, Georgia on July 13, and Pelham, Alabama on July 14.  Those three dates have already been rescheduled for October 4-6.  She had previously postponed her July 7 performance at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pa to a later date, while her set at the Jam in the Valley festival in Varysburg, N.Y. on July 6 was cancelled.

“I’m so sorry to disappoint the fans that have already bought tickets to see me,” Miranda said.  “I’m taking care of my voice and I can’t wait to get on the road again and bring you a hell of a show.”

This is awfully sad news for Miranda Lambert fans, and country music in general.  Sometimes amidst the music videos, single releases, relentless tour dates, and award shows, we, as fans, sometimes forget that a singer’s main instrument is his/her voice, and from time to time, it needs to be rested.  Typically, tours and album releases are scheduled around a periodic vocal rest, but when the demand is there, it’s tough to stay away.  Miranda Lambert has been touring hard for what seems like years of non-stop performances, and it appears as though it’s caught up to her a bit here.

Miranda’s next scheduled show is July 26, ten days from now, in Verona, N.Y.  We wish her a quick recovery, and if we know anything about her, she’ll make up for the postponed shows with an incredible slate of performances in the future.

And while Miranda Lambert is taking a break from the road, Toby Keith’s run across the country is in full swing.  His Live in Overdrive tour is hitting amphitheatres across the U.S. this summer, but he’s already dropping hints about the idea of a 20th anniversary tour to follow.

“We’re thinking about doing something to commemorate it, tour-wise, but we still haven’t put a time on anything concrete yet,” he shared.

His current tour, which features Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett as openers, concludes September 22.  Will he take a break after that?  Of course not.

In fact, he’s already planning a release date for his 16th studio album, with the song selection for the record as the final piece. 

“I have about 14 or 15 things recorded,” he told Billboard.  “I don’t really know what 10 or 11 songs are going to make the album yet.  I just go in and get a good vocal on everything and then I’ll start seeing which three or four gravitate to the top and I’ll start building the core of my album right there, and then I’ll fill in what I don’t have.”

Very technical, Toby.

While specifics haven’t been revealed, one song that appears to be inevitable in terms of making the new record is “I Like Girls That Drink Beer,” which he’s played a handful of times live, garnering rave reviews.

We’ll keep you in the loop on any and all breaking news surrounding Toby Keith and Miranda Lambert.

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