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If you’re friends with Miranda Lambert — which often means you are someone she writes songs with — then you have to be prepared for middle-of-the-night texts which, as she puts it, “could either be a grocery list, or a lyric.”
So begins our September/October cover story, which features Miranda Lambert. The talented country artist sat down with writer Marissa Moss in Nashville to discuss her latest release The Weight Of These Wings, a double-album that Lambert released in the wake of her divorce from Blake Shelton. Among other things, Lambert offers a glimpse into her songwriting process, which does indeed include some late-night texts to her closest songwriting confidantes.
Elsewhere, we hit the road to visit up-and-coming country songwriter Colter Wall in his home base of Liberty, Kentucky. Rock acts the National, the War on Drugs, and the Killers each discuss their latest LPs. And in a vivid photo essay, we hit up some of the country’s best music festivals.