In another life, I would love to be a traveling musician. There’s an endearing attraction to the idea of seeing the world as a starving singer-songwriter and pouring my heart out in dark and dingy dive bars night after night.
I imagine myself becoming friends with other singer-songwriters, staying up late with our guitars jamming and singing and laughing and writing into the wee hours of the morning.
That is exactly what this record captures.
The liner notes inside of The Marfa Tapes explain how these three amazing songwriters, who have been friends and admirers of each other’s work, started getting together in a small Texas town to write music together. Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall would write and then immediately record on an iPhone.
Well, this record is their incredible attempt to capture that same rawness.
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall while your favorite artists jam together? Don’t you wish you could sit around the campfire while your favorite artist plays and sings? This is your chance to experience that feeling.
The Marfa Tapes is one or two acoustic guitars and one, two, or three incredibly talented Texas sing-songwriters providing vocals. Every song is stripped down and raw. This is country music, but it is so much more. It is Americana. It is story-telling with a guitar. It is soul.
I love this album so damn much. I love the simplicity. And I have always loved Miranda Lambert.
I want to say that my favorite track is Tin Man because the version on this record is extra heartbreaking and sad.
But, my favorite track is Geraldene