During a concert on Saturday night (May 14) in Indianapolis, Indiana, Lambert took a break from singing her own material in order to perform a cover of Ronstadt's 1974 tune. Before naming the song she was going to sing, Lambert introduced it by saying, "This is one of my favorite songs," going on to add, "I wish I had written it."
"Willin'" was written by songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer Lowell George, and was included as one of the tracks on Ronstadt's Grammy-winning album Heart Like a Wheel. Although Ronstadt never released the song as a single, it has stuck with people like Lambert because of its powerful message.
The narrator of the song speaks about her struggles in life, and how she certainly hasn't had it easy. But all of those hardships have made her stronger, as she sings "And I've been kicked by the wind, robbed by the sleet/Had my head stove in but I'm still on my feet/And I'm still willin'."
Lambert performed a particularly moving version of the song, starting off singing basically on her own with little instrumental back up. The power of the song continued to grow as Lambert's band jumped in and she increased the volume of her voice. She finished off the performance with a flourish, and the crowd couldn't contain their excitement.
This performance is a fantastic showcase of Lambert's undeniable talent. Check it out below.
What other Ronstadt songs would you like to hear Lambert sing at a future concert?
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