Friday, March 5, 2021
– The upcoming collaboration between Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall was recorded mainly outdoors, it was revealed Friday as new information about the disc was released.
"The Marfa Tapes," due May 7, will contain 15 songs and be released through Lambert's imprint, Vanner Records and RCA Nashville. The material includes a new version of "Tin Man," which Randall helped write and was previously a hit for Lambert.
Over the past several years, the desolate location of Marfa, Texas has become a songwriting haven for the trio. When they returned for five days this past November though, they came not to write, but to record a new album inspired by the stark beauty of west Texas. The trio recorded raw with just a pair of microphones and an acoustic guitar.
"I'll never forget pulling into Marfa that first night at 4 a.m.," said Lambert. "The stars were like nothing I'd ever seen before, just this endless blanket hanging so low you could reach up and touch them. I immediately understood why this place was so special."
"There's no TV, no radio, nothing to do out there but pour a cocktail, sit around the campfire and talk," said Randall. "Eventually, that just inevitably leads to songs. There's no pressure to write, but most of the time, the three of us can't seem to help ourselves."
The trio recorded much of the album outdoors, inviting the sounds of the desert to seep into their live performances.
"There's something singular that happens in that moment of collaboration and creation, something you can never really recreate in the studio," said Ingram. "Our hope with this album was to share a little bit of that magic with people."
The track list is:
1) In His Arms
2) I Don't Like It
3) The Wind's Just Gonna Blow
4) Am I Right Or Amarillo
6) Homegrown Tomatoes
7) Breaking A Heart
10) We'll Always Have The Blues
11) Tin Man
12) Two-Step Down To Texas
14) Tequila Does
15) Amazing Grace (West Texas)