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Miranda Lambert picks up the tempo

"Only Prettier," "White Liar" and "Gunpowder & Lead" ooze with attitude, and Miranda Lambert acknowledges that she knows how to fire up a crowd. But she also is proud of how she can calm one down.

"As much as I love some of the midtempo songs I have recorded, to a live audience, the rockers are always a popular 'leave your worries behind and come have some fun,' " she says in an e-mail interview. The country singer will co-headline a concert with Dierks Bentley at 7 p.m. Saturday in West Palm Beach.

"I do have to admit that I am also very fond of performing my ballads," she continues. "They give a nice change of pace to my show and everything quiets down. When I sing, 'The House That Built Me' or 'Over You,' you can hear a pin drop sometimes, which is pretty amazing considering how many fans are in attendance."

While her songwriting certainly has helped her get to the top of the charts, Lambert's pairing with husband Blake Shelton hasn't hurt. Shelton played West Palm Beach on Aug. 31 before heading to Los Angeles as a judge on NBC's "The Voice."

Other country couples, including Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, found life worked better touring together, and with Shelton and Lambert tweeting about how difficult their time apart is, you'd think they would make their lives easier by touring together.

"You never know," Lambert says. "It might happen one day."

Lambert, 29, surfaced from Lindale, Texas, by finishing third on the TV competition "Nashville Star" in 2003. She released her first album, "Kerosene," in 2005, and then really took off two years later with "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend." That album included "Gunpowder & Lead," a song about a woman shooting her abusive husband that Miranda wrote while taking a concealed handgun class. She has won the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year award six straight times, dating back to 2007.

Meanwhile, Bentley, best known for "What Was I Thinkin'," recently released the single "I Hold On" in advance of his upcoming seventh studio album, "Riser."

"If you asked me to sum myself up in three minutes, I'd play 'I Hold On' for you," Bentley says in a news release. "At first listen, you might think it's about my truck or my guitar, but it's really about why I do some of the things I do and the kind of guy I am. The chorus is really universal. … It's about faith, love and freedom."

Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Cruzan Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, in West Palm Beach. Randy Rogers Band, Cadillac Three and Jukebox Mafia will open the show. Tickets cost $25-$49.75 at, Ticketmaster or 800-745-3000.

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