She may have only come in third during the first season of the USA Network's Nashville Star, in 2003, but Miranda Lambert is arguably the biggest star to emerge from that reality series (certainly bigger than Buddy Jewell or John Arthur Martinez, the two to defeat her). All three of her critically trumpeted albums since have gone platinum, in part because of her looks -- People named her one of its "100 Most Beautiful People" in 2009. But even more because of her winning personality and astute songwriting, and her sense of candor. Friday, July 15. Doors at 6:30 p.m. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md. Tickets are $40 to $55. Call 800-551-SEAT or visit merriweathermusic.com.