When Miranda Lambert released The Weight of These Wings in 2016 she did no press to promote the project, explaining in a new interview that she wanted people to hear the album first. In an in-depth chat with HITS Daily Double, the “Tin Man” singer is finally opening up on her decision to ditch the typical media rounds to promote her latest release.
“It was going to be hell, and I’d already been through hell,” she says of media interviews. “It was hell putting it on paper, putting my words on paper. So I didn’t want to rehash. I’d finally gotten to a place where I wasn’t sad anymore. All the sad moments were there, all the truths were right in those songs. All you had to do was listen. I didn’t need to say anything.”
Miranda further explains that she knew certain songs would be taken out of context given the news of her divorce from Blake Shelton. She felt interviews would simply pry into her personal life when everything she wanted to say could be found within the lyrics on her album.
“I was very publicly going through this thing, and there wasn’t an explanation to be given. When the music was out, people had listened, I got on the phone for the first interview. First question was, ‘How do you feel about Gwen?’ I hung up. I told Marion, [her manager] I just can’t do this,” she explains. “What was in the music was real, and I wanted people to get it from that. Take from it what they would. Then if I needed to talk, I would. But I haven’t really. Until now.”
Miranda says instead of focusing on interviews these days, she simply wants to keep writing songs and making music that moves people.
“I want to be the Dixie Chicks for this next generation. If that’s what’s meant to be. To put it simply, I want to write and make music that moves people, to give them freedom to be who they are,” she concedes. “I want to kick those doors open. Until I don’t have a turn anymore, I want to write and find great songs.”