After going full Texas for the stunning album, The Marfa Tapes, Miranda Lambert and pals are giving fans a look inside that collaborative tribute to the art of the song. Along with co-writers Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, she’ll be the subject of a new documentary about the album coming exclusively to Paramount+.
Also titled The Marfa Tapes and set to start streaming on January 20, the film project offers fans an unprecedented look at the making of a Grammy-nominated album — one with a cinematic flair.
Devised as a musical tribute to the craft of country songwriting, Lambert’s 2021 album The Marfa Tapes was a masterpiece of a concept. Recorded outdoors in the desert-oasis town of Marfa, Texas, the bold tunes were stripped down to their primary elements and captured raw in the place of their original creation, with just a couple of microphones, acoustic guitars and plainspoken vocals.
The result was a whole album of gritty-but-beautiful country tunes, and with director Spencer Peeples behind the camera, the documentary caught it all. Marfa has become songwriting destination for the trio in recent years, a place where they can get away from the would and reconnect with their musical muse, and The Marfa Tapes film finds them soaking in its magic.
“I think you just let your guard down here a little bit,” Lambert explains in a trailer preview.
“I think you’re free to be you.”
“You’ve got sky, you’ve got desert … and emotion,” adds Randall.
Featuring live performances and candid interviews, The Marfa Tapes documentary will also include behind-the-scenes footage captured during a five-day album recording session in November 2020. The Marfa Tapes album arrived inside the Top 10 of Billboard’s Country Albums chart in May, and included acoustic renditions of songs like “Tin Man,” “In His Arms” and “Tequila Does,” which Lambert recently remixed into an electronic dance track. The Marfa Tapes was recently nominated for Best Country Album at the 64th annual GRAMMY Awards, which air January 31 on CBS.