While some of Miranda Lambert’s songs portray her as a bad-ass, she wants everyone to know that such a portrayal is not 100 percent accurate.
“I’m not always like the ‘crazy ex-girlfriend’ image I sometimes write about,” Lambert says. “When I write songs, I sometimes embellish things.”
Lambert admits that when she started writing songs for her latest CD, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she decided to show another side of herself. “This album is definitely more me than Kerosene [her debut CD].”
Lambert wrote most of the songs on both of her albums, although these days her opportunities to sit down and write don’t happen as often as they did in the past.
“It’s hard while on tour,” Lambert says. “Before, songwriting was more of a hobby. Now it’s a job. It’s a job I like, but it’s not quite the same. After a busy day, the last thing I want to do at night is pick up a guitar and write songs. But when it gets to be crunch time for an album, I buckle down, and I’ll write a song a day.”
When it came time to record her second project, Lambert brought back the same producers — Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke — and most of the same musicians, including guitarists Randy Scruggs and Waddy Watchel, keyboardist Chuck Leavell and drummer Chad Cromwell. “We figured that since things worked so well on Kerosene, why change them?” she says.
While Lambert admits she was intimidated the first time she entered the studio with the well-known musicians, by the time they returned to the studio to work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, she felt more at ease with them. “I still didn’t try to direct them too much,” she adds.
Ever since the release of Kerosene in 2005, Lambert has stayed busy with building her career. “My life has been a whirlwind,” she says. “But I like the fact that my career is growing at a steady pace, rather than as an ‘overnight sensation.’ And radio is starting to embrace me and my music, which I really appreciate.”