Miranda Lambert is featured in the latest issue of TIME Magazine, on stands Aug. 27, and the singer reveals fans can expect new music from the Pistol Annies as early as this fall.
“Something about being together makes us a force to be reckoned with,” she tells the publication of her bandmates Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. “We can get more raw and rugged than we would alone. We’re set for a fall release for a record. I think it’s the best writing we’ve ever done. We’ve lived a lot of life since our last record. I think it’s three girls telling our story very bravely.”
While the band took a break in 2013, the three friends have been performing alongside Miranda on the singer’s tour stops as well as peppering their social media accounts with hints that new music is on the way. Pistol Annies’ last album was 2013’s Annie Up. It followed the success of their critically acclaimed debut album, 2011’s Hell On Heels.
Miranda, meanwhile, says she’s changing the focus of the way she writes songs. The singer, who released The Weight of These Wings in 2016, says fans can expect more storytelling on future projects.
“My focus is starting to head toward more storytelling. I spent the last 11 or 12 years writing about my life, and that’s gotten me here. But some of my favorite singer-songwriters write from character perspectives,” she explains. “It’s really hard for me, so I’m going to work on that.”
Along the way, Miranda has received some valuable career advice from Dolly Parton that she has taken to heart and lived by.
“When I met Dolly [Parton], the overall message was, ‘Keep going. You do you. Believe in what you believe in and don’t take no,'” she recalls. “That’s how I’ve always lived, but it was so nice to have someone like her reassure me of that.”