It’s now been over two-and-a-half years since Miranda Lambert released her last record, the Platinum-selling The Weight of These Wings. Granted, it was a double album, but it does feel like she’s about due for new music sooner than later. Last week Miranda announced she will be going on tour starting in September with an all woman lineup, which will give her some time between now and then to start working on new material, and it appears that’s exactly what she’s planning to do.
Ahead of her multiple appearances at the ACM Awards on Sunday (4-7), Miranda Lambert spoke to The Tennessean about the prospects of new music, and seemed to confirm studio time is in her immediate future, and to expect the stuff she’s working on to be bold. She also alluded that we might get to hear some of the new stuff as early as June.
“I feel like I’m taking some risks and not being afraid,” Lambert said. “I’m going into fearless mode musically and heart wise. I feel like they go hand-in-hand. I’m jumping out there and taking risks, and I feel good about it. I’m going in and we’re making it, and we’re putting it out as fast as we can … I’m happy and I’m healthy, and I’m ready to kick ass again.”
Miranda Lambert was one of the centerpieces of the 2019 ACM Awards, performing a medley of her biggest hit songs, as well as a duet with George Strait. Miranda has never lacked for awards show love. It’s been radio that has been her biggest challenge lately, with all four of her singles from The Weight of These Wings stalling outside the Top 10.
Perhaps not worrying about what radio thinks will give Miranda freedom in “taking some risks” and “not being afraid.” This could take the form of Miranda continuing her more Americana approach that we saw on The Weight Of These Wings, or bringing the more badass persona of her earlier career back into focus, kind of like she did performing her early hits on the ACMs. Or the direction of new music could be something entirely different.
Either way it sounds like we’ll be hearing something new from Miranda Lambert by early summer, whether music fans hear it on the radio or not.