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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • The Farr Side: Shelton, Lambert finally get their due at CMAs

  • It’s good to be Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. Not only are they a super couple, but they are also country music’s most powerful players. It doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon. They just took home CMA awards for Male and Female Vocalist of the Year.

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  • It’s good to be Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
    Not only are they a super couple, but they are also country music’s most powerful players. It doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon.
    Shelton and Lambert just took home CMA awards for Male and Female Vocalist of the Year, topping what has become a whirlwind of a year for the two, who tied the knot May 14. 
    I’ve been a Shelton fan since his “Austin” debut, but I didn’t feel his music was appreciated like it should be until now. 
    Shelton is the real deal. I’ve had the good fortune to see him live twice and meet him. I also spoke with him during a telephone interview and walked away thinking, “Someday, this guy is going to be big.”
    There was something charismatic and passionate in his voice, as he spoke of what it meant to work with such people as Bobby Braddock and Hoyt Axton. I didn’t get the feeling that being a country music star was all about the fame. Instead, it seemed more like an honor for him — a chance to carry on the legacy of so many before him. I guess I was right. Look at his success now.
    As for Lambert, her music has steadily grown on me. Like Shelton, it took the industry a little longer to appreciate her talent. Lambert’s “Revolution” created sort of a revolution, as the tracks “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me” stole the spotlight from Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood and put it back on the music. This was real country, and true fans of the genre took notice.
    Shelton just came off the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Single’s chart with the appropriately-titled “God Gave Me You,” while Lambert’s latest album, “Four The Record,” debuted at No. 1 on the country album’s chart and No. 3 on the Hot 200. Lambert made history with “Four,” too; she became the only artist in the 47-year history of the country album chart to debut at No. 1 with each of her first four albums. 
    For history buffs, that means she moves ahead of LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson and Carrie Underwood, who previously held the mark, along with Lambert, at three albums.
    Shelton and Lambert were a driving force on the 2011 CMA telecasy, with Shelton’s performance of “Footloose” being my favorite of the night. I look forward to seeing Shelton return to “The Voice” as one of the coaches. He did a phenomenal job with his team, proving he deserved to be seated alongside Christina Aguilera, Cee-lo Green and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.
    David T. Farr is a Stugis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.

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