Song of the Day #4,717: ‘Waxahachie’ – Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram & Joe Randall

Plenty of artists used the COVID quarantine to produce new work of one sort or another. Through Zoom concerts and table reads, virtual presentations became ubiquitous. On the more ambitious side, Taylor Swift hunkered down and recorded not one but two full-length albums.

Miranda Lambert split the difference with a surprise release of her own. Teaming up with two friends and songwriting collaborators, Jack Ingram and Joe Randall, she headed to the small town of Marfa, Texas, to record a decidedly low-fi quarantine album.

The Marfa Tapes was recorded with only two microphones and two acoustic guitars, as the three performers traded songs and verses. Thirteen of the 15 tracks are new releases, and the album also features new versions of beloved Lambert tracks ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Tequila Does,’ both written by the trio during earlier sessions.

Capturing the sounds of a late-night jam session, The Marfa Tapes offers up between-song banter, includes flubbed lines and musical mistakes, and at one point even captures the sound of a passing helicopter policing the nearby border. You can hear the sound of a crackling campfire throughout.

Through tear-soaked ballads and foot-stomping romps, the trio serves up an excellent batch of new songs, each performed with real emotion and spontaneity. I half hope Lambert will deliver more polished recordings of some of these tracks on future albums, but they are certainly special as captured here.

Nobody ever left New Orleans as mad as I was
I wrote a lipstick letter on the mirror with a bourbon buzz
You were right, it got about as bad as it gets
I’m not lookin’ for a turn around tempo on the rumble strips

Waxahachie, are you still on 35?
Are you still an all-night drive from Louisiana?
Waxahachie, I can be there by 4 a.m.
Looking for a long-lost friend
That’s what you’ve always been
Waxahachie
Ooh, Waxahachie

If I could just get down the road a beat
It won’t be that hard
I can run from the demons like the devil in a speedin’ car
Got enough gasoline, memories and nicotine
Freedom’s overrated, yes I underestimated the truth
And you

Waxahachie are you still on 35?
Are you still an all-night drive from Louisiana?
Waxahachie, I can be there by 4 a.m.
Looking for a long-lost friend
That’s what you’ve always been
Waxahachie
Ooh, Waxahachie

Waxahachie are you still on 35?
Are you still an all-night drive from Louisiana?
Waxahachie, it’s coming on 4 a.m.
I need to be in your arms again
Looking for my long-lost friend
Waxahachie
Ooh, Waxahachie

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,717: ‘Waxahachie’ – Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram & Joe Randall

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It is interesting how artists found different ways to express their creative outlets and to keep themselves and their fans entertained during the pandemic.

  2. Amy says:

    This reminds me of the Lyle Lovett concerts, though I don’t know that I’d want Costello’s distorted guitar from their session together captured for all time in a recording. This I find charming. The fact that we can stream without having to fork $14+ out for an individual album allows artists the freedom to produce something like this. Of course if you’re Taylor Swift, you not only had fans stream the initial albums but then, just the other day, set a new record for purchasing the vinyl editions when they just dropped. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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