Miranda Lambert Sings High-Spirited Rendition Of Waylon & Willie’s Iconic Duet
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The History Behind An Iconic Country Collaboration
Ed Bruce and his wife, Patsy, wrote a quintessential country music tune when they wrote “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” Ed was the first artist to record the tune, and Chris LeDoux also recorded a rendition.
But it’s the 1978 recording from Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson that most country fans know best. The two outlaw buddies took the song to the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart. It also reached the 42nd position on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
“Mammas” led Waylon and Willie to a Grammy win in 1979. They won the award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Miranda Lambert Offers Her Twist On The Tune
Today, “Mammas” is known as one of the greatest country collaborations of all time. It’s also a song people immediately associate with Waylon and Willie.
That’s why Miranda Lambert opted to sing the tune when she honored Willie at his 90th birthday celebration concert. The concert took place over the course of two days at the Hollywood Bowl, and featured an all-star lineup.
Miranda was dressed to the nines in a full cowgirl getup with red fringe. She topped things off with a cowboy hat and had her hair styled in a long braid. “Hey y’all. This is my cheers to our cowboy Willie Nelson tonight,” she said before she started singing.
From there, Miranda jumped into a high-spirited performance of “Mammas.” One attendee captured the whole performance on video, and shared the clip on YouTube. You can watch it below.
After Miranda finished, she let Willie know how much she loves him and wished him a happy birthday. We too, hope he had the happiest 90th birthday…because he deserved to be celebrated!