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NON-COMM Recap: Ingram, Lambert, and Randall lay on the southern charm
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall layed the southern charm on thick in their NON-COMM set, performed live from Shopkeeper Management in Nashville.
The Texas trio’s new album, The Marfa Tapes, will be released on May 7. Ingram, Lambert, and Randall have been going to Marfa, Texas to clear their heads and write songs together for six years. The product is pure lonesome cowboy country that could only come from small-town isolation.
The whole set was full of soft fingerpicking and lush vocal harmonies, starting with “Geraldene,” a bluesy track that pays homage to truck stop queens and pawn shop wedding rings. A tongue-in-cheek take on a classic country trope Lambert quips, “you’re trailer park pretty, but you’re never gonna be Jolene.”
Shifting gears, “In His Arms” was absolutely lovelorn. There was an ache in the trio’s twang as Lambert reminisced on the one who got away. Just as somber “Am I Right (or Amarillo)” encapsulates the same sort of longing. The bitter-sweet bluegrass makes even the acoustic accompaniment sound weepy. Begging to be pulled under, “Anchor” was a song about love and drowning. A total surrender, Ingram begged, “be my angel / come and save me.”
The trio also revisited Lambert’s 2016 track “Tin Man.” Stirring and sorrowful, they each took a verse that sounded like sheer heartbreak. Determined not to leave viewers on a sad note, they ended with the drinking song, “Tequila Does,” detailing long nights dancing on tables and sipping Margaritas, and leaving the NON-COMM audience tipsy.
You can check out her setlist below and explore the rest of NON-COMM here.
In His Arms
Am I Right (or Amarillo)