“They’ve Closed Down The Honky Tonks” (The Marfa Tapes B-Aspect, 2021)
LAMBERT: I didn’t write for like the primary 4 months of shutdown. I gave myself a break. There was a compelled break anyway. I believed, I’m not gonna panic about not creating. This might need been the primary actual one which I wrote after not writing for a bit. I spent my 2020 in my farm outdoors of Nashville, listening to a bunch of Texas nation stuff, and it made me miss house, and Gruene Corridor and Billy Bob’s. My favourite place is a honky tonk. It’s one of many locations that I really feel most at house. And my first present after being off the street for 380 days was Billy Bob’s. I used to be pondering to myself, the place would I’m going if I may go wherever? When you possibly can’t go wherever, that’s what you suppose! And I believed, Gruene Corridor.
And I went in my cabin, the place I’ve acquired slightly hearth and a chair, a one-bed one-bath little cabin the place my husband and I spent just about a yr and a half. And I got here out and he was cooking dinner and I stated, “I wrote a track.” And he was like, “Oh, good, sing it for me.” And I did, and he stated — “That’s actually unhappy.” And I’m like — “I do know, it’s presupposed to be!” And I despatched it to Wade [Bowen] and he stated, “I couldn’t have stated it higher myself.”
At that stage, do you often simply ship a telephone voice word?
LAMBERT: It’s all on my freaking telephone. All my voice notes. I’m a hoarder. Anyone texted me the opposite day and requested for a track that we wrote in 2013 and I discovered it. For this reason I don’t delete something!
I truly acquired locked out of my Dropbox a few months in the past. While you lock your personal self out, there’s an excessive amount of safety. [Pretends to guess a safety question:] What’s your favourite type of music? Nation! We needed to come up with [Dropbox] headquarters or no matter as a result of that’s the place I hold my complete life. Being a musician, my voice notes, my Dropbox, that’s my each day submitting cupboard.
I really like this track. It jogs my memory of that early period of the pandemic, the place all I largely keep in mind my buddies saying is “I miss bars.”
LAMBERT: That point, it united me with individuals, as a result of it confirmed me the people who I actually missed each single day. And it confirmed me that I miss music. I’ve by no means had a chance to overlook it earlier than. Having that break — there have been so many blessings hidden in there. I believed, “Will I ever be right here once more, on my bus, headed to my reveals?” It’s good to find it irresistible and to overlook it.
We had been one of many fortunate ones: we toured proper up till March . And I used to be one of many first individuals to return. After we went to Billy Bob’s [in 2021, playing a residency marking the venue’s 40th anniversary], it was a yr and a month to the day [of the last pre-pandemic show]. It was actually cool. The nerves had been there greater than by no means. My complete household was there, and after I sang “The Home That Constructed Me,” I cried.
That is an apart, however you sing very well about consuming. While you’re writing consuming songs, do you —
LAMBERT: [Cuts me off] I’m approach higher in any respect of it after I’m consuming. Or so I feel! I imply individuals within the room [laughs] would possibly disagree.
“Actin’ Up” (Palomino, 2022)
LAMBERT: We wrote this proper after I performed Billy Bob’s. We had been on the trail for writing for Palomino, and we had a selected factor that we had been doing for that file. It’s not a theme file or an idea file, however there’s a street journey [element]. This file is unquestionably a map. Natalie, Luke Dick and I had been on this path of writing throughout shutdown. They had been like, “We’re being protected, you’ve acquired a farm, let’s get collectively.” We simply used that as our outlet. Then Jon Randall got here out and he had this actual cool monitor going. This track is a lot enjoyable, and I used to be most likely going off of that vitality that I had gotten to expertise at Billy Bob’s. Leaping round and getting sweaty in a honky tonk.
I really feel just like the “Name me Ricky, name me Bobby” line goes to be caught in my head for some time.
LAMBERT: When Luke stated, “Tiger Woods couldn’t swing it this good,” me and Jon each about handed out, we had been laughing a lot.
“Carousel” (Palomino, 2022)
LAMBERT: Natalie and Luke and I had been sitting on our balcony. I acquired this loft condo at my farm, and that’s the place Luke units up his rig. That’s our base camp. He simply had a guitar in his hand, and he began enjoying that actually fairly riff. Possibly it’s as a result of I’m redneck, however I depart the Christmas lights hanging on the porch all yr spherical. And there was this mild breeze, and the crickets had been out, and you possibly can hear the frogs, and we began interested by this woman who had this complete different life when she was younger.
Not each track feels that approach — however there are moments the place you go, “This looks like an even bigger story.” And we’re simply the car for this. It’s popping out of the air. And I’ll chase that eternally as a result of If I don’t, then I ought to most likely stop.