Miranda Lambert Just Wants To Sing Her Songs And Sleep On A Bus
t’s nearing 5 p.m. on a weekday in Brooklyn, and Miranda Lambert is ready to throw some back. She’s been working all day, after all, but not the kind of work she likes—i.e., writing songs, recording them, and playing them live. “The business part, I’m just not that good at it. I don’t even know what a vertical video is,” Lambert says of the video format optimized for viewing on a phone.“But apparently everyone’s doing them.”
Aside from some one-off gigs, it’s been eight months since the 36-year-old country star has been on the job, her most significant stretch of downtime since making that initial trip to Nashville from Lindale, Texas (population 4,818, at last count), at age 17. She’s thankful to be wrapping up this bit of promo for her seventh album, Wildcard (out now), and will be hitting the road once again in a few days.
“I just want to sing my songs and sleep on a bus,” she says of her upcoming two-and-a-half-month tour. But for now, it’s hours in the hair and makeup chair, photo shoots, and being escorted around New York City in a tinted SUV like a glamour queen.
“I’ll never get used to it, honestly,” she says of her status as one of country music’s most enduring and highest-paid female stars. She describes herself as more of a“homing pigeon” who would be just as happy running a dog rescue shelter: “People always ask, ‘What would you do if you didn’t make it as a singer?,’ and that’s it.”
Once we’re settled into a booth in a gaudy Williamsburg diner, Lambert continues, “All of this isn’t who I am. It’s what I do.” She picks up the menu, pretends to look it over, and says, “Let’s drink!” She asks whether the establishment has Tito’s. Unfortunately, they do not, so she settles for a Grey Goose and soda with lime, bending her vowels with a syrupy Texas twang so that “lime” comes out sounding more like lahm. She has to repeat herself and spell out L-I-M-E, and then she’s asked how old she is. “Old enough!” she answers with a laugh. “Seriously? That’s awesome.”