This story has been updated.
The wait is just about over for new music from Miranda Lambert. And no, the lead single from her latest album due out this fall will not be the self-proclaimed “country punk rock” song Miranda debuted earlier this summer at CMA Fest called “Locomotive.” This newest Miranda ditty will be called “It All Comes Out In The Wash,” and we’ll all get to hear it 10 days from now on July 18th, with the song being sent out to stations as a proper radio single on July 29th. This was the news in the latest edition of Country Aircheck, which includes an ad for the song from RCA, as well as the add alert for radio professionals.
According to radio/chart expert Chris Owen, the song was written by Miranda Lambert, as well as The Love Junkies, a.k.a Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and Hillary Lindsey.
Miranda Lambert has been teasing the hell out of the new album lately, saying to the Chicago Sun-Times in June, “I would call it old Miranda, but a Miranda at a whole new level, if that makes any sense. It’s not going to be love song overload or anything like that. [Laughs] I made a career on being a rock and roller and I think fans are going to hear that throughout. And yeah, there is this vibe of being happy that goes through this album. I am really, really happy.”
Lambert also intrigued fans by revealing that for the first time in her major label career, she’s working with a different producer. A long time collaborator with producer Frank Liddell, Miranda is now going with well-known mainstream country producer Jay Joyce on the upcoming record. Where Liddell is known for being a loose and organic producer, and for being the husband of Lee Ann Womack, the reputation for Jay Joyce is of more of a rocker, primarily from his work with Eric Church and Ashley McBryde.
A new Miranda Lambert single is significant for a host of reasons, including to see just how much the Jay Joyce switch influences her sound, and how serious she is about going back to her earlier, more hard-edged material. It will also be interesting to see if those bastards at mainstream country radio will play it. Her last singles “Tin Man” only made it to #22, and “Keeper of the Flame” fizzled out at #55. “It All Comes Out In The Wash” could be an important bellwether in both mainstream country, and Miranda Lambert’s career.