Miranda Lambert’s ‘Famous in a Small Town’: Story Behind the Hit Song

by Thad Mitchell

Country music singing sensation Miranda Lambert is at the top of the music industry and has been for a while. The singer and songwriter, now 37-years-old, has risen through country music ranks to become a bona fide mega star.

With songs like “The House that Built Me” and “White Liar,” Lambert has found herself atop the charts several times. One of her most famous and popular songs “Famous in a Small Town” came out in April of 2007. It is the second hit single off of her studio album “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and was a huge success for Lambert.

It became the singer’s second top 20 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart. Lambert also picked up a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Lambert has spoke out in the past about the motivation and meaning behind “Famous in a Small Town.”

Miranda Lambert’s own Small Town Provides Inspiration

The song was written by Lambert and music writer Travis Howard. The pair were contestants on the television reality show “Nashville Star” in 2003. Lambert would claim third place in the competition that was ultimately won by Buddy Jewell. Howard took ninth place in the competition.

She says the song is about how “everyone dies famous in a small town.” The song netted her the Fan’s Choice for Single Record of the Year at the 2008 ACM Awards. It also helped propel her to a surprising win for Album of the Year for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

In her own words, Lambert says the song carries a special meaning and helps her to remember where she came from. Drawing inspiration from her own small town, she says the inspiration from visiting people in that small town.

“We wrote that in my house, and it’s exactly what it says,” Lambert says of the experience. “I’ve been on the front page of my hometown paper seven times. I wasn’t trying to write a ‘small town’ song, I had gone around visiting people that day and it got me remembering situations. It all came back to me and came out in the song. They’re true stories – if you’re late for church, people are going to talk about it and be all in your business.”

H/T: Songfacts.com