Miranda Lambert Accused of Assault; Still Dating Blake Shelton

Brody Vercher | April 23rd, 2008

  • The sheriff’s department in Tyler, Texas is investigating an alleged assault case involving Miranda Lambert. According to reports, Lambert and her boyfriend Blake Shelton were attending a CD release party for an Adam Hood show when she was approached by Aisha Esbay for a photograph. She said Lambert told her “maybe later.”

    Esbay said she went back over to Lambert after she said the singer treated another of Esbay’s party poorly.

    “I walked back over there to tell Miranda that she shouldn’t treat her fans like that and she jumped up and started cussing me saying I was in the VIP section and needed to go back with the other trailer trash,” she said.

    She said that Lambert then shoved her two times, pushing her backward.

    “I caught myself on the stool and was just like OK, so I turned around and she shoved me two more times as she let the cuss words fly,” she said.

    The whole story sounds pretty sketchy to me, but either way, it’ll only add to her growing outlaw image and give Adam Hood some extra publicity. UPDATE 4/25: The accusations were found to be completely false and Lambert has been cleared of all charges.

  • Meanwhile, Chris Cagle is citing self-defense in the assault charge cast against him for punching a fan’s boyfriend in the face. His one-day trial is set for Sept. 23 after his current tour ends.
  • Randy Owen has been selected to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which was created in 1986 to pay tribute to the immigrant experience and individual achievement.
  • Little Big Town left Equity Music Group and joined Capitol Nashville Records.
  • The Lady Antebellum trio explained their songwriting process in an interview with Craig Shelburne:

    Kelley: We always start with melody first. That’s what we have always done. … Dave will come up with some chord structure and then Hillary and I will come up with the vocal melody over that. Then something will come out of our mouths, like “Love Don’t Live Here,” and there’s a song, and we will write around that.

    Scott: Literally, he’ll play the guitar, and we sit around and mumble until something comes out. Or sometimes we come in with a line or an idea, but a lot of times we are just moved by what Dave plays.

  • In a special to to the Austin American-Statesman Parry Gettelman humanizes the name Chris Gaffney through stories from people who were close to him. This is Texas Music says a tribute night will be held for Gaffney just outside of Austin on May 25th with proceeds going towards medical and funeral expenses, and the Hacienda Brothers‘ third and final studio album, Arizona Motel, will be available June 24.
  • Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert and Montgomery Gentry have been added to the list of performers at the Academy of Country Music Awards on May 18.
  • A new film from Big Kenny Alphin of Big & Rich will premier on the big screen at the Nashville Film Festival today. “Bearing Light: A Journey to Sudan” is the story of his trip to the Sudan with his wife last fall.
  • Emily West made her Opry debut on Saturday night and performed “Rocks In Your Shoes” and “Mississippi’s Cryin’.” She described the experience in her MySpace blog.

    Little Jimmy Dickens and I walked into the Opry together. He didn’t know who I was when he was walking in with me. (But I pretended he did.) He moved his own parking cone in the Opry parking lot to park his truck too. I just cant tell you all how each second of that day was the most surreal seconds of anyday I have ever felt! It was like a fairy tale. I even wore my poofy fairy tail dress.

  • A study by Saga Motor Insurance found that drivers listening to country music are the second-most likely to be stopped for speeding and that they’re more likely to have an accident than listeners of easy listening or reggae.
  • After almost a year in the making, Austin’s KUT is ready to air a one-hour documentary, “Amazing Grace: The Story of Willie Nelson.”

    Produced by David Brown, “Amazing Grace” features rare demo recordings of Nelson’s early sessions and tracks the songwriter’s life from childhood to the present. Besides Willie, Sister Bobbie and Poodie Locke, others interviewed include Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson and John Mellencamp.

    (via Still Is Still Moving)

  • Also via Still Is Still Moving is the news that Legacy Records has released the third podcast in their Willie Nelson series. Good stuff.
  • Jack Ingram is the first country artist to team up with Nike for the Nike + Workout Series. They released his album, This Is It, on iTunes with voice-overs from Ingram himself. The “Jack Ingram: Endurance Express” mix is tailored to take listeners through one of his 4-mile training runs, teaching listeners how to regulate pace and boost stamina, while gradually increasing run speeds from a 9-minute per mile warm-up pace to a 7-minute per mile clip. Listen to a sample on the Nike + Workout site.
  1. Kelly
    April 23, 2008 at 10:19 am

    So, Adam Hood hangs with Miranda AND Sunny?? I guess he is my new hero!

  2. Hollerin' Ben
    April 23, 2008 at 10:57 am

    It wasn’t a cd release party, Adam’s record has been out for a year.

    you heard it here first!

  3. Brody Vercher
    April 23, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Kelly – He seems to be making all the right connections.

    Ben – I was confused about that, but I read it in three different places, so I stuck with it.

  4. Mike W.
    April 23, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Man, Equity is gonna be closing their doors soon. LBT was like the only artists that they launched that had success.

  5. Brad
    April 23, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Adam Hood is my hero b/c he’s a badass. We have some acoustic bootlegs tucked away on our site that will blow your mind. Our acoustic show last year with he, Stoney LaRue and Ryan Bingham may be one of the coolest musical moments I’ve witnessed. Too much soul in one place almost.

  6. Funk
    April 23, 2008 at 11:22 am

    “I walked back over there to tell Miranda that she shouldn’t treat her fans like that and she jumped up and started cussing me saying I was in the VIP section and needed to go back with the other trailer trash,” she said.

    Which is exactly why there are VIP sections everwhere these days. Miranda is right, the fans don’t own her.

    It seems to me that Lambert is trying to be the female Waylong Jennings. Speaking of which, anybody heard Billy Joe Shaver telling his story about Waylon and the dynamite? You can find it on Youtube here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=DZ1fnTfuuH4

    I think many here will enjoy the origin of the video, which comes from a Chicago television show called “Corporate Country Sucks.” They have a website with lots of video, or you can watch them on Youtube. Billy Joe is a real national treasure.

  7. Funk
    April 23, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Jack Ingram is the first country artist to team up with Nike for the Nike + Workout Series.

    Right there, that tells you the state of country music today. When I think of country music, I don’t exactly think of a running workout. But Nike makes very few marketing mistakes so I am sure they know the modern country market. (Or at least Ingram’s current market.)

    Just for grins, I’m going to change up the workout a bit. Rather than run 4 miles, I’m going to line up 4 shots of tequila, followed by 4 beers and listen to the Nike Music while doing my swallowing workout. Then I’m going to cry in the last beer.

  8. Brady Vercher
    April 23, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Heh, I was reading another article on the incident, I believe it was the local paper, and the girl that got pushed was talking about how she outweighed Miranda by at least 100 pounds. The whole thing sounds a little sketchy to me.

    Funk, I think we linked to an interview before where Billy Joe Shaver told that story, but I hadn’t seen the video. Check out our interview with him if you haven’t read it yet.

  9. Funk
    April 23, 2008 at 11:41 am

    You guys know about Corporate Country Sucks?

    Here is another website of a sometimes country artist who is funny and isn’t afraid to share his take on the current state of commercial music. http://robbiefulks.com/ He tells a great story about his worst gig ever, which was backing a Garth Brooks imitator. Along the way he tells us he was about the only working country song writer who didn’t know about Garth in the hayday and naturally hated him without knowing him, but while learning the songs he found out why Garth changed country music. Funny and smart.

  10. Lucas
    April 23, 2008 at 11:54 am

    If Lambert ACTUALLY did that, I’d never support her career. Honestly, hit your friends, wreck your car, release a deadly burd-killing virus; that’s all fine by me. But when an atist treats their fans poorly, they don’t deserve their career. But I won’t believe anything until I hear more about it.

    That Jack Ingram thing is sort of old news, it might expand his career a little bit, but I don’t see it rocketing him to number one.

  11. Mike Parker
    April 23, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Funk… Robbie’s articles are insightful and funny. Maybe a little snarky and overly verbose, but still worth reading. Good recommended reading. It’s been a while since I read those, might be due for a re-read.

  12. Hollerin' Ben
    April 23, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I’ve only really listened to one of his albums, but I have a hard time deciding if Robbie Fulks actually likes country music, or is just performing it ironically.

  13. Mike Parker
    April 23, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    I think he likes country music- just not Nashville country music. In fact, if I remember right, he actually gives a bit of credit to Garth in the article mentioned above. If you get a chance, listen to the “Georgia Hard” Album. The man knows his way around a lyric. Also, if you can find it, the song “Fountains of Wayne Hotline” is hysterical.

  14. Funk
    April 23, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I think Fulks is just critical. He has strong opinions and they might not always match with our personal tastes. He’s also pretty clear about the business of music, which is about money. He’s a realist who seems perturbed about the tastes of mass culture. He’ll do what it takes to earn his living but he doesn’t have to love all of it.

  15. Matt B.
    April 23, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I just blogged about the Little Big Town move. It’s interesting to me and I agree that Equity is probably in trouble (Like Broken Bow is with Morgan gone and Aldean likely to follow sooner rather than later)

  16. Hollerin' Ben
    April 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    That Robbie Fulks article was awesome.

    He is my new hero.

  17. Jordan Stacey
    April 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Unless Equity has a big hit soon I don’t see them lasting much longer. Who else is still on the label? I think the biggest one left was either Clint Black or Carolina Rain. Mark Wills is on there but he hasn’t done anything in a long while, and I know CDJ left as well.

  18. Rick
    April 23, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Maybe Equity and Broken Bow can consolidate and then go down quietly together…. Its a bit of a conundrum that while the bigger labels themselves are shrinking these artists that become successful on smaller labels still jump ship to join them when they can. I guess the big labels figure why try to break a new artist when you can grab one with a proven track record from a smaller label. That strategy only works until all the smaller labels have gone broke…..

    I would guess the gal that got into the altercation with Miranda must have really provoked her, and the whole deal sounds fishy. Too bad someone didn’t have a video camera handy to record this for YouTube…..

  19. Charlie Mack ( 1st outta the Limo )
    April 23, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    The Nike guys here in Fort Worth build Tiger Woods Clubs, so here is hopeing Tiger Woods is a fan of the best live act in Texas Music….

    I have seen Jack do some shots till 3am with the Nike crew who hangs VIP Backstage at Billy Bob’s Texas. They could drink me under the table any day

  20. Susan Holmberg
    April 23, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    re: Miranda Lambert

    Don’t believe everything you read. Just because it’s in print in a newspaper or otherwise doesn’t mean it’s true. Some people will do or say anything to get their name in the paper. I agree with Funk, fans do not own the artists contrary to what some fans believe.
    Miranda, I stand with you.

  21. mikeky
    April 23, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    it’s true that fans don’t own the artist. agreed. but if she pushed her own fans, that’s different. there’s nothing wrong with being graceful or just polite. it wouldn’t hurt her to just sign it and move on. come on, people. that’s not being owned. that’s just common courtesy. they could all take a page or two from willie nelson or bruce springsteen. just smile, get your picture taken, sign a body part, and get nice things said about you afterwords. it’s not rocket science.

    and i don’t think she’s trying to be the female waylon jennings. i’m not aware of waylon doing that to any of his fans. and he was on coke during the ’70s and early ’80s. that is, if she did what the report says she did. you never know. let the courts hash it out.

  22. Leeann
    April 23, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I could be wrong, but the Miranda story seems over the top. It seems so crazy that I don’t even believe it at this point. I never really had an attachment to her personality anyway, so I’d still buy her music because I like it. I would, however, be disappointed if someone like Vince Gill was accused of treating a fan in such a way, because I do like him for more than his music and he’s known for being gracious to his fans.

  23. Lucas
    April 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Fans don’t own artists, but if they come up, even if it’s any kind of restricted area and ask for an autograph, give them one. You’re ever as hot as you ever think you are. If Garth could do it with a smile on his face, so can you. Then again, we don’t know if it’s the truth. If you can’t take a second (or 20 hours in Garth’s case) to sign autographs, you don’t deserve your career.

    As far as Equity goes, they have a bad setup. You have to give them rights to other parts of your career along with the music, they take a cut on anything related to you basically. These smaller labels don’t have the room to make mistakes like the big labels do. Heaven knows the big labels sign a disgusting amount of untalented and never successful acts.

  24. Hollerin' Ben
    April 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    If you can’t take a second (or 20 hours in Garth’s case) to sign autographs, you don’t deserve your career.

    I don’t know man, they are professional musicians or professional songwriters, not professional superstars or professional celebrities.

    The standard for whether they “deserve” their careers should be the music they produce.

  25. Matt B.
    April 23, 2008 at 6:12 pm


    I’m not sure about the ‘other parts of artists career’ part of Equity. I know they returned masters to their artists after the label recouped it’s investment in the artists. In LBT’s case, I guess that the band got them sooner rater than later on the first record and probably bought the label out of the newer record.

  26. Funk
    April 23, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    If Garth could do it with a smile on his face, so can you.

    Garth wasn’t a 20 year old kid who likes to party in public. Expect some bad behavior. When I was that age and drunk in public, I did worse.

    “Me and Miranda Lambert, we never got along! I didn’t like the way she punched her fans and she wore her jeans all wrong…

    She had a cute little Chihuahua till one day I up and stepped on it…

    She was bad to the bone, all hopped up on speed…”


  27. Lynn
    April 23, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Little Big Town’s new label said they’re going to release a new single asap. Anyone a fan? Any predictions? I downloaded their whole second album and wasn’t particularly impressed. Considering they’ve only sold 150,000 of their second, after 1.2 million of their first one, I’m wondering if others felt the same? Can a new label revive the album?

    As far as Miranda…I wouldn’t doubt that she got into a small altercation with a pushy fan (especially if alcohol was involved). But I doubt she called the fan trailer trash and told her to get back where she belongs. Miranda’s always been very proud to be a redneck (her words, not mine). (I know people will argue there’s a difference there…I’m just not aware of one.) Regardless, I’m still a fan.

  28. Matt B.
    April 23, 2008 at 9:50 pm


    I Like Little Big Town and I think Radio still does. I just think they need the right promotion. So while I’m shocked by the move, It’s good for them. They’ll get a hit. Which song? I don’t know.

  29. Leeann
    April 24, 2008 at 5:08 am

    I know I’ve said this before, but I’ve always thought that LBT was one of those bands that sounds better live (even on television) than they do on their albums. I guess the studio doesn’t capture them as well as televised recordings do to me. So, in my opinion, even when Taylor is sounding way off key at an awards show, LBT sounds excellent. I just wish I thought they transferred that to their studio albums.

  30. Lucas
    April 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I think LBT will do better on Sony, even though they don’t put much into MOST new artists… a band with a hit already is a different story.

  31. Chris N.
    April 24, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Capitol, you mean. Although they were on Sony long ago.

  32. Lucas
    April 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Whoops, yup… Capitol.

    Any major label is good for them really.

    I wonder if they’ve peaked as far as popularity goes though. How much more popular can that kind of a group get? We’ll have to see…

  33. Brody Vercher
    April 25, 2008 at 6:29 pm
  34. Katy
    April 26, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Aisha didn’t file a false report. It just goes to show this dirty town in which we live (Tyler, TX) only cares about money, and people here have no ethics. Of course all of the bar staff is going to say nothing ever happened. If they had told the truth, they probably couldn’t count on having any good publicity necessary for a trashy bar like Bootleggers to stay open. What “informational” sites and newspapers are not telling anyone, is that there were plenty of other witnesses who saw the whole thing, but those people apparently don’t count.

    For all educated people, Mark Twain seems to prove himself true time and time again.
    “If you don’t read the newspaper you’re uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you’re misinformed.”

  35. Leeann
    April 26, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Everybody dies famous in a small town…

  36. Funk
    April 27, 2008 at 12:14 am

    “After police spent numerous hours researching the case, Esbay’s claims were found to be completely false,” says a statement from the Smith County Sheriff’s Office.

    What kind of neutral professional law enforcement agency would add the adjective, “completely?”

    I do know there is nothing neutral abouy my county sheriff’s office.

  37. Lucas
    April 27, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I guess it won’t affect if I listen to Lambert’s music, since I didn’t enjoy it before.

    One of my favorite things about the local police department here is there are multiple cops that just park in a parking lot (not for radar either) to smoke in their police car, classy.

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