Throwback Jam: Miranda Lambert’s Kerosene

By Aaron Wagner

When you look at the discography for Miranda Lambert, I guarantee you that you’re going to be surprised by a few things.

Her first #1 song first came in 2010 with “The House That Built Me” and what most consider her first song and this week’s throwback jam – “Kerosene” – was her 3rd song sent to radio.

In September of 2005, Miranda Lambert released her 3rd single from her debut album “Kerosene.” While the song only peaked at #15 on the charts, it was certified Gold and later Platinum and gained a Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Miranda was originally the only songwriter listed but soon after finishing the song it was pointed out that it sounded like the Steve Earle song “Feel Alright.” Miranda didn’t deny it and even shared that his music was the inspiration behind some of her songs. She didn’t intentionally copy it, she did it unconsciously. Miranda ended up adding him as a cowriter on “Kerosene” and the two would work together in the future so there aren’t any hard feelings.

The music video for “Kerosene” is memorable as it formally introduced her to country fans in a large way. Fans remember her pouring out kerosene leading back to her cheating boyfriend’s house and then dropping a match on it.

“Kerosene” is the song that ignited Miranda Lambert’s career.