Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall Share ‘In His Arms’

Check out the raw and reflective first taste of 'The Marfa Tapes.'

Written by Chris Parton
Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall Share ‘In His Arms’
Photo courtesy of Miranda Lambert on Facebook

Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall have shared the first song from their upcoming collab album, releasing the lonesome acoustic ballad, “In His Arms.”

A reflective sonic poem in the classic-country vein, the tune features a weary, unvarnished sound, with Lambert’s bare vocal joined only by Randall’s pensive acoustic guitar. She sings somberly of missing a guy who stirred her soul during a brief encounter — only to vanish into the Texas desert — and the whole thing takes on the feel of a campfire lament, sung under the stars. A simple video captures that sentiment exactly, as Lambert and her partners sing the track at dusk, sitting on a truck tailgate in the middle of nowhere.

The track is part of the just announced songwriter album, The Marfa Tapes, a collection of demo-style recordings that are reported to share the new song’s spartan approach. The album was penned by the trio and named after the West Texas town where they like to retreat, and all three describe the desolate map dot as a place to leave their lives behind and get inspired. The town has already been the setting for co-writes such as “Tin Man,” “Tequila Does” and more.

“I’ll never forget pulling into Marfa that first night at 4 a.m.,” said Lambert in the project’s official announcement. “The stars were like nothing I’d ever seen before, just this endless blanket hanging so low you could reach up and touch them. I immediately understood why this place was so special.”

“There’s no TV, no radio, nothing to do out there but pour a cocktail, sit around the campfire, and talk,” continued Randall. “Eventually, that just inevitably leads to songs. There’s no pressure to write, but most of the time, the three of us can’t seem to help ourselves.”

“There’s something singular that happens in that moment of collaboration and creation, something you can never really recreate in the studio,” Ingram adds. “Our hope with this album was to share a little bit of that magic with people.

The Marfa Tapes is set to arrive on May 7, and was first announced on Thursday (March 4). The complete track list is below:

01) In His Arms
02) I Don’t Like It
03) The Wind’s Just Gonna Blow
04) Am I Right Or Amarillo
05) Waxahachie
06) Homegrown Tomatoes
07) Breaking A Heart
08) Ghost
09) Geraldene
10) We’ll Always Have The Blues
11) Tin Man
12) Two-Step Down To Texas
13) Anchor
14) Tequila Does
15) Amazing Grace (West Texas)