Everything We Know About Miranda Lambert’s New Album, ‘Wildcard’
"Ran Fans" rejoice: Miranda Lambert has finished a new album, and it will arrive before the end of 2019!
Lambert confirmed the coming arrival of her first solo album since 2016's The Weight of These Wings -- her seventh major-label record -- during an interview published by the Chicago Sun-Times on June 19. A Rolling Stone Country interview conducted on June 21 at the 2019 Country LakeShake Festival in Chicago followed up Lambert's confirmation of new music with a more in-depth chat about the upcoming project.
From those two interviews, other recent professional developments and hints and new music that Lambert's dropped, we've been able to glean quite a bit of information about her next album. Read on for all the details.
The Album Title
Lambert's new album will be called Wildcard. The album takes its title from a song called "Bluebird," which contains the lyric "And if the house just keeps on winnin', I've got a wildcard up my sleeve." Lambert's newest tattoo, a Queen of Hearts-style design, inspired the title as well.
The Release Date
Wildcard is due out on Nov. 1 and is available for pre-order now. She first dropped a hint about a fall release date in her Chicago Sun-Times interview; then, during her chat with Rolling Stone Country chat, Lambert made it clear that she was ready to share her latest creation with the world.
"If it takes any longer than [a fall release], I’m going to go crazy," Lambert says. "I just turned it in, but I was calling the label yesterday being like, 'What do you think? When are we doing this? What’s the single?' After you sit on a record for a while you get this energy. You’ve been writing and recording and it has this energy and you just are ready for the world to hear it."
The Album Cover
The Wildcard album cover features Lambert, dressed in pinup style, holding a crossword puzzle. The cover itself has a playing card style to it and also features Lambert's name and the album's title.
The Record Label
Lambert's new album will be her fourth release issued by Sony Music Entertainment's RCA Nashville. She's got her own imprint with the label, Vanner Records, which she launched prior to the release of The Weight of These Wings.
Lambert has been with the Sony family for her entire professional career. Epic Nashville released her first record, 2005's Kerosene, while her next two albums came via Columbia Nashville.
One major career change confirmed by Lambert is her switch from longtime producer Frank Liddell to Jay Joyce, the go-to collaborator for fellow rockers-at-heart Eric Church and Ashley McBryde, among others. Lambert and Joyce recorded the project at his Neon Cross studio in East Nashville.
"It was a change, but I wanted to go in a different direction for this one than I have in the past because I feel like I was in a new place," Lambert tells Rolling Stone Country. "Jay and I had some new chemistry. Sometimes you have to change it up."
Lambert dropped her new album's first single, "It All Comes Out in the Wash," on July 18. She said previously that she was ready for it to happen ASAP.
"I’m ready for a single to be out yesterday," Lambert tells Rolling Stone Country. "I’m ready. It’s a new phase, a new stage of life and I feel like my music reflects that. And I’m going on tour in September so I’m like, I need some new music out there."
Lambert wrote "It All Comes Out in the Wash" with the Love Junkies, the songwriter trio of Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose. There's some parental wisdom in the track, she says.
"I had the title for a while, written down in my phone," Lambert remembers. "We like to talk about girly things and things going on in life when we write together, so I feel like the song is just kind of a mix of scenarios that all of us have either been a part of or seen, or, you know, something that’s happened in all of our lives, and realizing that, when you have something in your life that’s a little unclean at times, or hurtful, or a moment that you wish would pass, it does all pass, and it all comes out in the wash.
"That’s something that all of our moms would say to us when we were little — let’s not worry about a stain," she continues, adding about the song, "I’m really proud of it. It’s a really fun song.”
"Locomotive," a high-energy new song debuted during Lambert's CMA Fest 2019 set and then released on July 18, suits her renewed sense of independence. Lambert describes the musical statement of contentment about her current situation as "country punk-rock."
"It's just fun. It really is a reflection of who I am right now," Lambert adds about the song.
On Aug. 9, Lambert shared another new track, the trippy "Mess With My Head," written by Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby. Squealing guitars and a trippy melody swirl around Lambert as she sings, "Maybe it's wrong, but it feels right to me ... If it ain't love, then I like it better than before."
Lambert also shared another new track, the reflective, mid-tempo "Bluebird," on Aug. 15. She co-wrote the track with Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, who are also the writers of "Mess With My Head."
Earlier in 2019, Lambert was hinting that her lengthy break in between albums -- during which she toured, recorded and released a new Pistol Annies record, got married and, in her words, "got to live life and just be a person for a while" -- will mean bold new music.
"I’m going into fearless mode, musically and heart wise. I feel like they go hand-in-hand," Lambert told the Tennessean back in April. "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.”
To the Chicago Sun-Times, she added, “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 'n' 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.”
Another helpful hint dropped in her Rolling Stone Country interview establishes that the track list will only feature original compositions, increasing the chances of a deeply personal album, co-written by Lambert about her recent experiences.
"I think that everything in my life in the last year has weaved itself in," she reflects. "Taking a break from the road ... I have been spending time in New York and I got married and I’m happy, and working with Jay, that all brought a really new phase and sound for Miranda Lambert."
Lambert has also revealed that her next album will feature fellow country star -- and fellow Texan -- Maren Morris on a song called "Way Too Pretty for Prison." Lambert wrote the song with the Love Junkies, after being inspired by a night of hanging out with Little Big Town member Karen Fairchild.
"We were having a wine night, and I always tell all of my friends leaving, 'Don't leave if you've been drinking, because you're too pretty for prison,'" Lambert explains. "So, thanks Karen, for sharing that wine bottle with me and for taking an Uber."
According to an Instagram post from Lambert, her other co-writers on Wildcard include Brent Cobb, Ashley Monroe, Jack Ingram and more.
Miranda Lambert, Wildcard Track Listing:
1. "White Trash"
2. "Mess With My Head"
3. "It All Comes Out in the Wash"
4. "Settling Down"
5. "Holy Water"
6. "Way Too Pretty for Prison"
9. "How Dare You Love"
10. "Fire Escape"
11. "Pretty Bitchin'"
12. "Tequila Does"
13. "Track Record"
14. "Dark Bars"
Lambert is bringing her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour back in 2019. The newest iteration of the all-female trek will begin on Sept. 13 in Uncasville, Conn., and is scheduled to run through Nov. 23, when it will wrap up in Greensboro, N.C. Throughout the tour, Lambert will switch up her lineup of special guests: Maren Morris, Elle King, the Pistol Annies, Tenille Townes, Ashley McBryde and Caylee Hammack are all scheduled to appear at various shows.
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