If you felt the earth move last Thursday night, it was the crowd at the Miranda Lambert concert at the Independence Events Center.

If you felt the earth move last Thursday night, it was the crowd at the Miranda Lambert concert at the Independence Events Center. The full house was stomping, yelling, singing (not a bad choir at all) and having one heck of a good time. A crowd of diehard country fans of all ages filled the Events Center, and they were enjoying every minute of the edgy, outlaw country brand of music by Eric Church and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert.

Miranda’s CMT Revolution Tour kicked off with singer/songwriter Josh Kelley (brother of Lady Antebellum’s, Charles Kelley, and himself a successful pop/rock artist before obtaining a country deal). Kelley performed a short set including his current single, “Georgia Clay,” written about his own Georgia roots.

The party hit the fast lane with Eric Church, who definitely moves to the sound of his drummer and never lets up the pace for a moment. He had the audience from the start and was a great pairing with Lambert. His song, “These Boots,” with great country lyrics, was an audience favorite as many held their own boots high in the air. Eric even grabbed a boot from an audience member and lifted it up. “Smoke a Little Smoke” brought out the Church termed, “redneck and loud crowd.” Not far behind was a recent hit single, “Love Your Love the Most.” Even a love song, for Church, is a moving moment.

The stage smoked with Miranda Lambert’s entrance, and the stage pinnacle made for up front and close moments with her audience. With the constant sing-a-longs and her touching hands during the performance, as well as the intimate venue itself, they got an “in-your-backyard” party atmosphere.

Miranda covered all the bases with her hit singles, which pleased the audience. Those hits included “Kerosene,” “Famous In A Small Town,” which led into Hal Ketchum’s, “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Gunpowder and Lead,” and “White Liar.”

When she announced this was her first show since the CMAs she was caught off guard by the thunderous applause and yelled back, “Thank you SO much,” followed by “Holy CRAP” and “that’s some love, man,” after which she dedicated, “Love Song,” to the audience.

Hit after hit, she kept the pace and enthralled her fans. They were responsive to every single, including “The House That Built Me,” which won Song of the Year for the songwriters at the recent CMAs and is from her album, Revolution. Over an hour and a half later the audience left feeling more than a little entertained by this tour. For many, the ground probably didn’t quit shaking until Friday morning!