Among my first reviews on Fusion Country, I wanted to pick artists that exemplify what this blog champions and that’s innovators. Miranda Lambert is an artist who has consistently done this throughout her career and as a result is one of the most important artists in country today. On her latest album The Weight of These Wings you can hear a variety of sounds and styles throughout. Her newest single on that album is one of the best examples, “Keeper of the Flame.” I was thrilled to see this become a single, as it’s one of my favorites from the album. What makes this song immediately stands out is it’s integration of the synthesizer to create a quirky, light rock meets country sound. As a first time listener, it’s a sound that will stand out in the crowd of the usual sounds you hear from the genre. The song itself is about Lambert falling the trail blazers before her and now being the trailblazer herself for future artists. It’s a reminder that you can pay homage to the past, while also creating something new. The song has a strong anthemic feel that hooks you in too. This song is a prime example of good fusion country. And if you haven’t yet, check out the rest of The Weight of These Wings, as it’s a great album.
Grade: Pretty Good!
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby, Liz Rose