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Lambert ‘Locked and Reloaded’ at Amphitheatre

She's tiny, talented and a little bit scary.

Country star Miranda Lambert showed tampa just what little girls are made of when her locked and reloaded tour stopped at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater Friday night.

A montage set to "Who Runs the World:Girls" featuring graphics of myriad famous gun toting women set the stage for Lambert's opening "Fastest Girl in Town."

Clad in a sequined mini skirt, Lambert had a pink mic and a "hankering for gettin into somethin." Her angel-is- a-devil smile endears her to fans as much as her saucy lyrics and perfect twang. "A Heart Like Mine" got the beers in the air --breakup anthem "Baggage Claim" kept them there.

Lambert carved her niche in the genre as the nice bad girl you desperately want to be your best friend- and never your ex girlfriend. Her love songs, laced with sweet venom, often end with someone jailed, maimed or dead. "Love's Givin' Up on Me" lit a fire in the crowd as the video for the somebody-done- me-wrong -and- he's-gonna-pay- for-it anthem played.

And with "Famous in a Small Town," Lambert got personal. A video playing behind her featured Tampa's own famous folks: From Channing Tatum to Hulk Hogan to Rocky D. Bull.

"I'm just a little girl from Texas who used to sing in her hairbrush, now I'm singing up here," Lambert said, before reminding the crowd to be themselves and follow their dreams with "It Takes All Kinds of Kinds."

"Mama's broken heart" and Gunpowder and lead" were crowd (and my) favorites. And when Lambert left the stage, no one was ready to leave. The dynamo returned to the stage with a pink guitar and delivered "white Liar," her first No. 1 single.

Before Lambert took the stage, co-headliner Dierks Bentley sent the previously mellow crowd into a frenzy opening with "Am I the Only One." Hat on backward, easy going in jeans and plaid, Bentley is, like many of his good ol boy contemporaries in the genre, sexy good fun. and his voice ain't bad either. Hits such as "free and easy" "what was I thinking "and" 5150" keep him on the charts and fans on their feet. And when he brought a woman holding an it's my birthday sign up on the stage and handed her his guitar so she could jam out on the stage with him for "Lot of Leaving Left to Do," he sealed the deal: coolest guy ever.

And then it got better. At the end of his set, Bentley signed his guitar and handed it to a young girl in the crowd. We love when the rowdy boys of country do things like that.

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