As a country artist, you know that your song is a good one when another country superstar decides to cover it. Miranda Lambert may not have known it at the time, but she definitely had a good song on her hands when she released “Vice” in July 2016.
“Vice” was the first single released off of Lambert’s latest album, The Weight of These Wings. From day one, country fans just couldn’t get enough of the emotional tune. People were easily able to connect to the song, as everyone seems to have a “vice” that helps them get through different moments in life.
Lambert’s sincere delivery of “Vice” was the extra push that sent it gliding up the charts. It ended up peaking at the second position on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and broke its way into the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later, “Vice” was nominated for two Grammys, and is currently nominated for a handful of ACM Awards.
The success of “Vice” has resulted in a flood of covers from fans and artists. Now, Lambert’s good friend and former duet partner Keith Urban has jumped on the “Vice” train.
Lambert and Urban previously collaborated on the 2013 single “We Were Us.” Performed as a duet, the two artists managed to make it to the top of the charts with the tune. They’ve collaborated on stage a few times since then, like they did during Lambert’s performance of ZZ Top’s “Tush” at the 2016 ACM Awards.
It’s clear that the two artists have a great deal of respect for one another. Urban proved his admiration for Lambert’s music when he stopped by the Opry, taking the time to deliver a performance of “Vice” backstage.
Referring to “Vice” as a “song that [he] loves at the moment,” Urban admitted that he had never played it before. He asked Lambert to please “bear with [him]” as he broke into a short acoustic tribute with “Vice.”
But if we didn’t know any better, we’d swear that Urban had played “Vice” a thousand times before that moment. He delivered it with such a heartfelt sense of passion that we never would have guessed that it was his first time playing the tune.
We think Lambert would be honored to hear Urban’s cover of “Vice,” because he really poured his soul into it. The only thing wrong with his cover is the fact that it was only a minute long. We’d love to hear him sing the full song one day!
You’re sure to feel the same way once you tune in to the clip of Urban’s cover below. Better yet, maybe Urban can perform “Vice” as a duet with Lambert some day!