WATCH: Miranda Lambert Performs ‘Strange’ On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Miranda Lambert took a break from her Velvet Rodeo The Las Vegas Residency to head to Los Angeles for a…


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October 6, 2022


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Miranda Lambert; Photo by ABC, Randy Holmes

Miranda Lambert took a break from her Velvet Rodeo The Las Vegas Residency to head to Los Angeles for a performance of her latest single, “Strange,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Donning bedazzled cowboy boots, sparkly tights, and a belted blue leather mini dress, the Texas native showcased the timely tune during the Mercedes- EQ Concert Series stage. 

Miranda Lambert; Photo by ABC
Miranda Lambert and Jimmy Kimmel; Photo by ABC

The song was co-written by Lambert, Luke Dick, and Natalie Hemby on Lambert’s Tennessee farm in 2020 during the midst of the pandemic shutdown when life felt, you guessed it – strange. 

“Have a smoke, buy a round/ Get on a jetliner goin’ anywhere-bound/ Pick a string, sing the blues/ Dance a hole in your shoes/ Do anything to keep you sane/ ‘Cause times like these make me feel strange/ Times like these make me feel strange,” Lambert sings.

“The chorus, we wanted it to lift and sort of be an anthem, and not creepy in any way,” Lambert explained to Billboard. “Just like, ‘Have fun, get a drink, get out of here, go on vacation’ — whatever you got to do to stay sane through all this weirdness. I wanted it to be an anthem uniting people. The pandemic definitely was the strangest thing we’ve all been through, but that’s just a piece of it.”

Miranda Lambert; Photo by ABC
Miranda Lambert; Photo by ABC

“Strange” follows her single “If I Was A Cowboy,” both of which appear on her ninth studio album, Palomino.

The project features 15 tracks, including a cover of Mick Jagger’s “Wandering Spirit,” the title track from Jagger’s 1993 solo album of the same name, as well as three songs from Lambert, Jon Randall and Jack Ingram’s collaborative project, The Marfa Tapes.

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Palomino also includes one collaboration, “Music City Queen,” which features new wave group, The B-52s. According to a press release, the record “explores the world and the people in it, seeking beauty and adventure all around.” Palomino follows Lambert’s GRAMMY-winning album, Wildcard, and her two collaborative projects, The Marfa Tapes and Pistol Annies’ Christmas album, Hell Of A Holiday.

Lambert is currently in Sin City for her Las Vegas residency, dubbed Velvet Rodeo, which kicked off on September 23 at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The 7,000-capacity venue allows Lambert to truly connect with her fans throughout the show as she brought the intimate feel of a Broadway honky-tonk to Sin City.

Miranda Lambert; Photo by Tyler Conrad
Miranda Lambert; Photo by Tyler Conrad

Velvet Rodeo features a 90-minute set and serves as a celebration of Lambert’s artistry with a 22-song, career-spanning set list that featured tunes from her debut album, Kerosene, to her current project, Palomino.

Miranda Lambert’s Velvet Rodeo residency runs through April 2023. See remaining tour dates below.


October 7,8

November 26,27, 30

December 3, 4, 8, 10, 11


March 24, 25, 30

April 1, 2, 6, 8, 9

Additionally, Lambert, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment have announced that $1 of every ticket purchased to “Miranda Lambert: Velvet Rodeo The Las Vegas Residency” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will be donated to Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that has raised over $6 million since its inception in 2009.

The Foundation’s mission is to promote the adoption of rescue pets, support animal shelters across the country, advance spay & neuter and assist with the transport of animals during times of natural disaster. For more information, visit

For tickets and more information on Miranda Lambert’s Velvet Rodeo Residency visit the official website HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.