Miranda Lambert makes good with gut instinct 

Country singer Miranda Lambert has a hickory-smoked new masterpiece — “Platinum,” her sixth album — that she’s promoting in a Bay Area concert this week.

But the blond bombshell, and wife of fellow crooner Blake Shelton, is no longer the wide-eyed naif that debuted in 2003 as a finalist on the reality-show “Nashville Star.” Today, from her home in tiny Tishomingo, Okla., she oversees a vast and diverse empire that includes a winery, a shoe line, the nonprofit dog rescue MuttNation Foundation and a boutique dubbed The Pink Pistol. She also is opening a bed and breakfast, The Ladysmith, named for the .38 revolver she carries, a Smith & Wesson Ladysmith.

Lambert, 30, has two things she relies on in all business endeavors.

“I have street smarts,” she reckons. “I didn’t go to college. I started playing in a band when I was 17, so this music life is all I’ve ever known.”

She also follows her gut instinct. Unwaveringly.

“Every time that I have a gut feeling about something, it’s always right,” says Lambert, who has won five consecutive Academy of Country Music awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. “And sometimes I don’t go with it, because I’m trying to give somebody the benefit of the doubt or whatever. And it always bites me in the ass.”

For example, she says she considered conflicting suggestions about what song should be the crucial first single from “Platinum.”

But she chose “Automatic,” a jangling celebration of Andy Griffith-innocent Americana with the chorus, “Hey, whatever happened to waiting your turn/ Doing it all by hand/ It all just seems so good the way we had it/ Before everything became automatic.”

The day she first heard it on the radio, she says, “I knew right then that it was the right decision, knew it deep down in my heart. And it ended up doing great for me.”

The same goes for The Pistol Annies, her campy spinoff with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. The group has two twangy snarkathons to its credit, 2011’s “Hell on Heels” and last year’s “Annie Up.”

“That project is so great, because we’re from three different walks of life, three different places in the United States, and we have three different takes on how we feel about things. But we all have the same mindset, in some ways — we call it fun housewife-scorned music.”

Ultimately, this songbird stays down to earth by communing with nature, like her goats, horses, chickens and six dogs — three of which usually accompany her on tour.

“Blake and I live way out in the middle of nowhere, and we love it,” she says. “Because we are truly what we sing about. We are country.”


Miranda Lambert

Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $29.25 to $68

Contact: (650) 967-3000, www.livenation.com

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