Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall are gearing up to release their first record, ‘The Marfa Tapes.’ Discover all of the details about the album, below.
Miranda Lambert’s Inspiration
Lambert said in an interview with Sony Music Nashville that every song on the record was written in Marfa, Texas over the last six years. “We’ve been going out there to sort of disappear from the world and create this music,” she shared. “And out in West Texas, it just kind of feels like the songs fall out of the sky and it’s just a beautiful place, you know, and a long history of friendship between the three of us and so every song on The Marfa Tapes is written by all three and we kind of divide up who sang what and sat around a fire and sang it through a microphone. And that’s The Marfa Tapes.”
“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 trio gave fans a taste of the full album to come with their debut single, “In His Arms.” The song solely features an acoustic guitar coupled with Lambert’s breathtaking vocals. The music video is just as beautifully simplistic as the trio performs the song during a sunset in Texas.
“Writing ‘In His Arms’ was one of my favorite writing sessions with them,” Lambert admitted. “The sun was going down and the wind was blowing and there were cows mooing in the background and we were just talking about, you know, men and how laugh and love turn out. And ‘In His Arms’ just kind of fell out of the sky.”
The town of Marfa, Texas has a population of 1,831. It is located in west Texas, above Big Bend National Park. What makes it so magical and the perfect place for a record?
“I’ll never forget pulling into Marfa that first night at 4 AM,” Miranda Lambert recalled. “The stars were like nothing I’d ever seen before, just this endless blanket hanging so low you could reach up and touch them.” She said that she immediately understood why this place was so special.
“Writing with Jack and Jon in Marfa is just this – it’s almost like surreal place, like it’s not real. The world melts away,” she added.
The trio wanted the perfect escape without any distractions, of course. “There’s no TV, no radio, nothing to do out there but pour a cocktail, sit around the campfire, and talk,” Randall added. “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.”