If you need a good cry, Miranda Lambert has you covered. She's released a mournful new song, 'They've Closed Down the Honky Tonks'. It appears in the documentary about the making of The Marfa Tapes, Lambert's new collaborative project with fellow songwriters Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.
Lambert wrote 'They've Closed Down the Honky Tonks' in the early days of the U.S. lockdown. Sung solo with an acoustic guitar, she details the pervasive emptiness she felt as she watched the world slow to a halt.
"They closed down the honky tonks, and now my world ain't turning / The jukebox ran out of change and the neon lights ain't buzzing," she sings, her voice nearing a lament. Listen below.
Although Lambert didn't write 'They've Closed Down the Honky Tonks' while in Marfa, TX, its raw feel echoes what she captured on that project.
Lambert, Ingram and Randall recorded The Marfa Tapes outdoors in the Texas desert, with one acoustic guitar and two microphones. She explained on Instagram, "You can hear the wind blowing, the cows mooing... We wanted you to feel like you were right there with us, sitting around the campfire, escaping the world, disappearing into the music."
The film documents the five days that the three Texas-born artists worked together in November 2020. Prior to that, they'd regularly trekked out to Marfa to write, using it as a retreat. "Marfa, TX is our escape," Lambert wrote on Twitter. "We go there and let everything go."
They recently brought that Marfa magic to 'Austin City Limits'. The trio recorded an episode together, which will kick off the long-running series' 47th season this fall.