Miranda Lambert Releases Stripped-Down Version of ‘Tin Man’ From Upcoming Album, ‘The Marfa Tapes’

by Jim Casey

Miranda Lambert shared a new version of “Tin Man” from her upcoming album, The Marfa Tapes.

Penned by Miranda, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall, the single was originally featured on Miranda’s 2016 studio album, The Weight of These Wings.

Miranda’s new version of the tune is actually closer to the songwriting trio’s original conceptualization of the song. Furthermore, the new-old version features Miranda’s vulnerable vocals coupled with stripped-down instrumentation.

Miranda in Marfa

The Marfa Tapes is a collection of raw songs written and recorded by Miranda, Jack, and Jon in Marfa, Texas. Over the past several years, Marfa has served as a peaceful respite for the songwriting trio.

The hard-to-reach desert town of Marfa has become a West Texas pilgrimage destination renowned for its art, culture, and food. In November 2020, Miranda, Jack, and Jon returned to the locale for five days to record The Marfa Tapes with just a pair of microphones and an acoustic guitar.

The 15-song collection will be available on May 7. Last week, Miranda shared the album’s first song, “In His Arms.”

‘Tin Man’ Earns Gold

“Tin Man” earned Song of the Year at the 2018 ACM Awards. In addition, “Tin Man” garnered nominations at the CMA Awards and Grammy Awards.

What’s more, during an acoustic performance of “Tin Man” on Austin City Limits in 2017, Miranda notes just how important the song was to her.

“I wrote this song with two of my best friends that are from Texas as well, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall,” said Miranda. “I think we all needed to write this song. At the time that we wrote it, we all sort of took equal parts in each other’s pain and put it down on paper and on a record, so I recorded it but I wanted to do it by myself [tonight] because I feel like that’s where it starts—with a song and a guitar and a person and a girl and some emotions, so I’m going to leave it there tonight.”