Rolling Stone – It’s been two years since the release of Miranda Lambert’s last album, Platinum, and the trailblazing superstar – a modern fusion of grit and glam – is now saying the wait for her new music is almost over.
Speaking Thursday night in the CMA Music Festival press room just before taking the Nissan Stadium stage, Lambert revealed that she’s been working on new tunes for about a year, and they should start rolling out in a few short weeks.
“I’ve really worked since last summer just writing and recording, so no one is more excited than me to have the next thing come through and show off what I’ve been doing,” she said, beaming. “I know I’ve kind of been ‘not around,’ but I’ve been around. I’m getting really close, and hopefully by mid-summer we’ll have some new music people can hear.”
There’s no word what kind of topics she’ll be covering, but after moving to Nashville and finalizing her divorce from Blake Shelton, Lambert says her songwriting has increased exponentially.
“It’s been a really cool journey because I’ve lived in Nashville for the last year almost now,” she said. “I’ve been able to write so much more than I had before, just not being on the road constantly and moving from Oklahoma. All my friends [in Nashville] are songwriters. We’re either hanging out and accidentally wrote a song or we had it set up, so I probably wrote like five days a week for five months straight.”
Official Site — Reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert earned three nominations, including her fifth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and 10th consecutive nod for Female Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, she is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” featuring Little Big Town. The awards will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on April 3, 2016 8pm EST on CBS Television Network.
Official Site — Reigning six-time consecutive CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, Miranda Lambert is gearing up for a very busy 2016. She is heading out on the road for her headlining tour with special guest, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore and the CMA and ACM nominated duo, Brothers Osborne.
In addition to Miranda’s own headlining tour, she is also joining Kenny Chesney on his “Spread the Love” Tour performing in stadiums around the country starting in April. And for the first time, Miranda will perform for her fans overseas, on March 11th in London (UK), on March 12th in Dublin (Ireland) and March 13th in Glasgow (Scotland) as part of the Country to Country Festival 2016 (C2C).
“Keeper of the Flame” Tour stops will include:
Darien Center, NY
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
Orange Beach, AL
San Antonio, TX
Saratoga Springs, NY
St. Louis, MO
Virginia Beach, VA
West Palm Beach, FL
CMT.Com — At Miranda Lambert’s intimate City Winery show on Wednesday (Jan. 20) night in Nashville, she admitted to the crowd that her 2015 wasn’t that great. And that she had the scars to prove it. And the perfect song to go along with it.
It’s called “Scars.”
Her guitarist Scotty Wray wrote it 16 years ago and Lambert said, “I have been in love with it for that long.
“Tonight I’m going to try and sing it,” she said. “I was never damaged enough to sing a song called ‘Scars.’ It’s something you have to sell and really feel — and go through shit, basically — to execute.”
The song is about the scars that serve as reminders of all you’ve gone though, with lyrics like, “Even if the world could look inside us, they might miss the bandage on our hearts.”
Before they performed the song, just the two of them, Lambert and Wray showed off the matching tattoos they got on their right arms to commemorate their rough 2015.
At Wednesday’s show, several allies on Lambert’s talent squad — Ashley Monroe, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally, Charles Kelley, Collin Raye, Maren Morris and Brent Cobb — took turns onstage, showing her that she might have had a bad year, but she has really good friends.
On being a female in country music: “I just love what I do so much. I love songwriting and the road and the family of country music. I love being a female in country music and lifting up other females of country. I’m more in it right now than I ever have been.”
On whether her views on marriage changed: “We were together for 10 years, married for four, were very quickly divorced, and are friends. I’m still processing everything and figuring out where to go and what happened. [Marriage is] a tough business, and we gave it our best college try … If I ever were to get married again — which is completely not on my radar at all right now — I feel like it’s not about it being a step in life. It’s not about a piece of paper or a diamond. It’s the way you feel about somebody and the commitment in your heart.”
On living a life full of everything: “I just want to live a life full of everything. Some of that might mean nights on my porch crying, drinking whiskey, and going, ‘Man this sucks right now.’ I don’t necessarily want to know that I have really bad, long, lonely nights ahead of me, but I have had some, and I still have a bunch ahead of me. But it’s about living in the moment and feeling every tinge of pain, then waking up the next day and going, ‘All right, I’m going to ride my ponies. I’m going to have a girls’ night.’ That’s where I am. That’s where I’m gonna live.”
For more of Miranda Lambert’s exclusive interview and photo shoot with Cosmopolitan, pick up the January 2016 issue on newsstands December 8.