I first met Miranda Lambert when she dropped off one of her demo tapes at the Star-Telegram in the early 2000s. I loved what I heard and kept an eye on her as her career blossomed. This quick chat took place a few days after the 2005 CMA Awards, in which she played against a backdrop of pyro, an unforgettable milestone in her burgeoning career.  

Originally published Dec. 23, 2005.