Interview: Miranda Lambert Literally Covered Up Her Past to Write ‘Wildcard’
When Miranda Lambert says she's focused on the future, she's not joking. Talking to Taste of Country Nights, the superstar reveals the lengths she went to in order to ensure the past stayed there while writing songs for her Wildcard album.
Wildcard, Lambert's seventh studio album, features 14 songs the singer co-wrote with Nashville hitmakers such as Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, the Love Junkies and Ashley Monroe, her best friend and Pistol Annies bandmate. The record arrived nearly one year to the day since she met husband Brendan McLoughlin, and is remarkably more playful, spirited and fun than The Weight of These Wings, her 2016 post-divorce songwriter record. That chapter has clearly ended, and she made sure old characters couldn't enter the room by taking measures to hide a few precious personal effects. All her awards, plaques and trophies were out of sight while she wrote this album.
"My in-laws are in town right now, and I had the doors closed, and my mother-in-law was like, 'You should show this off. You worked so hard,'" Lambert says, her voice rising with alarm as she emphasizes her husband's mother's out-of-town accent.
"In fact, when I was writing for this record I hung tapestries all over the walls to cover everything," she adds. "I was like, that's great, but that's all in the past. I gotta keep moving forward."
Her process of writing and recording Wildcard is just part of what Lambert talks about while seated with Evan Paul and Amber. Quickly she gets into a trust issue she has with McLoughlin — the soon-to-be 36-year-old absolutely trusts him, except for this one thing.
Lambert also expands on her support of CMA Award Entertainer of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood. This adds an emotional close to a vibrant and revealing interview, the latest Taste of Country Nights Live! interview filmed in realtime.
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