Miranda Lambert Headlines 5th Annual Cause For The Paws Benefitting Muttnation Foundation

Beaumont, TX -- Miranda Lambert, the reigning 3-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, is headed home to Texas, to headline the 5th Annual Cause for the Paws concert benefitting Miranda’s own MuttNation Foundation. On Friday, June 22nd, Miranda takes the stage at Ford Park in Beaumont, TX, joined by special guests Wade Bowen and The Josh Abbott Band. Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 27th at 10am and are available at the Ford Park Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Miranda’s love of animals led to the formation of MuttNation. The foundation has successfully raised money across the country aiding organizations and governmental institutions or entities whose purpose is to build animal shelters for better care; increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals; fund spay/neuter programs; reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals; and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel and dogs-in-prisons programs.
We are so excited about the next chapter in our lives at MuttNation Foundation in aiding and assisting animals in need,” said Miranda’s manager Marion Kraft. “After four years in East Texas we found ourselves in need of hosting the benefit concert in a bigger venue. Beaumont, Texas reached out with open arms to help us with our mission. Aside from music, this is Miranda's biggest passion in life and those of you who can attend the show are sure to have a time you won't forget! Also, remember that every penny of profit from the benefit goes into the fund that helps us accomplish our mission, to end animal suffering and homelessness.”

Joining Miranda at this year’s Cause for the Paws are Texas favorites, Wade Bowen and The Josh Abbott Band. Thirteen years after launching his career at Stubbs Barbecue in Lubbock, TX, Wade Bowen’s is set to release music from his major label debut on May 29. With nine No.1’s on the Texas Music Chart, multiple awards, including 2009 Texas Music Awards Male Vocalist of the Year and the 2010 Lone Star Music Awards Live Act of the Year, three studio albums and a Live At Billy Bobs CD/DVD combo at the iconic club in Fort Worth under his belt.

After getting their start at the Blue Light Live, a downtown club on Buddy Holly Avenue, the Lubbock favorites are awaiting the release of their 3rd CD. The Josh Abbott Band has quickly become a Texas institution, selling out many of its shows in the region-and why its talents can't be confined for long to the Lonestar State. "The most important idea that I write songs with is that they're autobiographical," Abbott says. "Nearly every song I write is a true story of mine, or of someone I know. "That truthfulness breeds passion for the material. And that passion comes through in the performances, both in the recording studio and on stage.
“I’m thrilled to say that in the past four years we have been able to contribute over $700,000 dollars to abused, abandoned, neglected or unwanted animals,” said Bev Lambert, the Director of MuttNation. “We plan on doing even more outreach in 2012. One exciting partnership that we have entered into in this past year is with the Red Star Emergency Relief Service to assist in disaster relief for animals displaced or abandoned as well as the rebuilding of shelters harmed or destroyed. The most exciting thing is that we are partnering with them to bring home our military service dogs from the recent war relief. The service animals are currently being retrained to provide service to the wounded warriors and as therapy pets for their families.”

This year’s Cause for the Paws, benefitting Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation will take place Friday, June 22nd at Ford Park in Beaumont, TX. Tickets start at $26.75 and are available at the Ford Park Box Office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com , and by phone at 800-745-3000. Donations can also be made at www.muttnationfoundation.com