Miranda Lambert finished third on a TV talent show called "Nashville Star" in 2003. Not too many people remember "Nashville Star" and almost nobody knows who the people who finished first and second were.
But everybody knows Miranda Lambert.
Right after finishing as second-runner-up in a mildly successful talent contest, Lambert started setting the music world on fire with her first single, "Me and Charlie Talking" and the her platinum debut album "Kerosene."
That was just the beginning. She's sold tons of albums, won a Grammy, started a great band called Pistol Annies that went gold with its first album, and married country superstar Blake Shelton.
Lambert will bring her "Locked and Reloaded" tour to Tampa on Friday.
Lambert's no doubt a big enough concert draw to pack the place on her own, but she's bringing along plenty of solid support.
By far the biggest of the three opening acts in Dierks Bentley, who's been one of country's biggest stars ever since his first single, "What Was I Thinkin'" hit No. 1 on the country charts in 2003.
Also on the bill are the Cadillac Three, an up-and-coming group best known for their song "I'm Southern," and the Randy Rogers Band, whose biggest single was "One More Sad Song."
Details: 7 p.m. Sept. 20, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $38.25-$67. Information: 813-740-2446, www.livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear