Miranda Lambert at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Watching the evolution of Miranda Lambert from shotgun-toting upstart to reigning queen of country music has been fascinating, not least because the spotlight isn’t always a snug fit. As the accolades have continued to pile up and the tabloid glare has intensified (thanks to her marriage to fellow superstar Blake Shelton), Lambert has sought solace in side projects — the terrific, folk-tinged Pistol Annies — even as her focus on her own records has drifted a bit (2011’s Four the Record is pretty banal, as Lambert LPs go). Still, the Lindale native delivers a rip-snorting good time in concert, and her return to one of DFW’s largest stages is sure to be loaded with memorable moments. With Dierks Bentley, JBM, the Cadillac Three and Brett Eldredge.
7 p.m. Friday. Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $31-$55.75.
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at Majestic Theatre
Just the two musicians’ names — Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell — should send serious music fans scrambling to purchase tickets, if they haven’t already. (Judging from the scattered single seats still available as of press time, most of you wasted little time doing so.) On paper, this could be one of the best shows to hit any stage in North Texas this year, as this veteran pair of singer-songwriters is touring behind their most recent collaboration, Old Yellow Moon, which was released earlier this year. It’s chock full of sharp songcraft and two of music’s most essential voices, locking in loving harmony. With Rhett Miller.
8 p.m. Saturday. Majestic Theatre, Dallas. $25-$125.