Miranda Lambert ‘Wanted to Go in a Different Direction’ With Her New Album
Before headlining Friday's (June 21) all-women bill at Chicago's Country LakeShake Festival, Miranda Lambert fanned the album hype flames: The country superstar says in a new interview that she changed things up a bit for the new project.
Lambert revealed to Rolling Stone Country that her new album, rumored for a fall release, was produced by Jay Joyce (Brandy Clark, Brothers Osborne, Ashley McBryde), rather than her usual collaborator Frank Liddell. Lambert and Joyce recorded the project at his Neon Cross studio in East Nashville.
"I just turned the record in last week," Lambert shares. "I’m ready for a single to be out yesterday. I’m ready. It’s a new phase, a new stage of life and I feel like my music reflects that. And I’m going on tour in September so I’m like, I need some new music out there ...
"[Working with Jay] was a change, but I wanted to go in a different direction for this one than I have in the past because I feel like I was in a new place," Lambert adds. "Jay and I had some new chemistry. Sometimes you have to change it up."
Lambert debuted one potential album track, the country-punk stomper "Locomotive," live at CMA Fest 2019 in early June. She said similar things about that song specifically, calling it "a reflection of who I am now" during an interview with the Tennessean.
Lambert goes on in the Rolling Stone Country interview to credit her current creative high to a year's worth of life changes, including her surprise marriage to New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin.
"I think that everything in my life in the last year has weaved itself in," she reflects. "Taking a break from the road ... I have been spending time in New York and I got married and I’m happy, and working with Jay, that all brought a really new phase and sound for Miranda Lambert."
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