“THE MARFA TAPES FILM” NOW AVAILABLE ON APPLE TV
“THE MARFA TAPES FILM” NOW AVAILABLE ON APPLE TV
NEW MIRANDA LAMBERT TRACK “THEY’VE CLOSED DOWN THE HONKY TONKS” STREAMING NOW
TORONTO, ON.—“The Marfa Tapes Film,” the feature-length visual accompaniment to The Marfa Tapes album, is available now on Apple TV for purchase and rental following an overwhelming response to the film’s initial 24-hour stream earlier this month. Watch here.
“The Marfa Tapes Film” is a captivating dive into the creative process behind the making of The Marfa Tapes, the “fascinating” (Nashville Lifestyles) new Top 10 album from Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, and Jon Randall. Directed by Spencer Peeples, it includes live performances set against the West Texas backdrop, candid interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage captured during the five-day album recording sessions in Marfa last November.
Meanwhile, “They’ve Closed Down the Honky Tonks,” a new track heard exclusively in the film, is also available now. Listen here. Following widespread shut downs across the country, Lambert wrote the track completely solo in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recorded raw and loose with just a pair of microphones and an acoustic guitar, The Marfa Tapes has quickly become one of the year’s most celebrated projects, earning rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, TIME, Variety, Vulture, and many more. To welcome the release, Ingram, Lambert, and Randall performed the “wistful and romantic” (Billboard) album opener “In His Arms” on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Watch here.
Critical Praise for The Marfa Tapes:
“Their comfort working together and shared Lone Star musical sensibilities—lean yet varied, and built on pointed observations—are well-exhibited in this winningly informal set,” —Wall Street Journal
“All those raw emotions, tense ruminations and giddy highs: slice them to the bone, without fluff, filigree, ornate instrumentation or over-production,” – Variety
“These songs dig into sentiments as old as the Texas soil, and convey them with clarity and heart…The Marfa Tapes is a high mark for all three careers,” – Vulture
“It’s an album both familiar and new in equal measure, and one of the most inspired projects Lambert has ever released,” – Entertainment Weekly
“Given Lambert’s stature, [The Marfa Tapes] feels potentially transformative: a cultural reset on the level of acoustic masterpieces like Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger or Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska,” – TIME
“a songwriter’s record if ever there was one,” – Rolling Stone
“Somewhere between a demo collection, a live album with no audience, and a lo-fi left turn, this music is a joy to hear, like a vacation on record…The Marfa Tapes puts the focus on the simple joys of songwriting and delivery, offering the group’s music as something wide open and alive,” – Pitchfork
“The songs on The Marfa Tapes are straight-up country songs, presented in their most elemental form…sung by committed professionals who know how to sell those feelings, those Marfa Tapes songs hit hard,” – Stereogum
“The songwriting is first-rate, and the minimalist aesthetic suits these tunes in a way that more elaborate arrangements and polished production never would,” – Paste
“an earnest collection of heartache ballads, campfire yarns and rambunctious story songs propelled by colorful characters making questionable life choices,” – Austin American-Statesman
“a marvelous off-the-cuff success,” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
“you can really feel the warm Texas air in the recordings. You hear the breeze, the spaciousness, little sounds off in the distance, and the album is even better for all of those reasons,” – Brooklyn Vegan
“one of the best albums of the year,” – No Depression
“The Marfa Tapes is the rawest–and some might say most real–recording you’ll get from this trio, and it’s all the better for it…It’s unembellished sound and scruffy methodology is a quality we don’t have enough of in today’s often excessively tweaked and overly polished fare,” – Holler.Country
“a wonderful collection for true lovers of country songs…Whether it’s the sadness saturating ‘Being Heart Broken,’ the emotional liberation described in ‘Ghost’ or the spunk of ‘Geraldene,’ there is plenty of quality and variety to be enjoyed,” – Country Standard Time
ABOUT JACK INGRAM:
A true songwriter’s songwriter, Jack Ingram’s list of admirers reads like a who’s who of modern country and Americana: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, Todd Snider, Little Big Town, Pat Green, the list goes on and on. Born and raised in Texas, Ingram spent more than a decade grinding it out in the trenches before landing his first number one in 2005. Since then, he’s taken home a pair of ACM Awards, landed CMA and GRAMMY nominations, and toured with everyone from Sheryl Crow and Brooks & Dunn to Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley. His most recent album, 2019’s Ridin’ High…Again, was a critical hit, praised by Rolling Stone as “searing” and hailed by the Dallas Morning News as “a gloriously raw, sweaty record full of swirling dust and swagger.”
ABOUT MIRANDA LAMBERT:
Hailed as “the most riveting country star of her generation” by NPR , Miranda Lambert has spent much of her career defying expectations, balancing massive commercial success with a fiercely independent spirit that’s guided her every step of the way. Over the course of eight studio albums, the Texas native has managed to sell seven million records in the US alone, top the Billboard Country Airplay chart six times, and take home three GRAMMY Awards, 14 CMA Awards, and a staggering 35 ACM Awards (including a record-breaking nine consecutive wins for Female Vocalist of the Year). In addition to her celebrated solo output, Lambert has also released three critically acclaimed albums with Pistol Annies, her chart-topping trio with fellow Nashville songwriters Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.
ABOUT JON RANDALL:
GRAMMY-winner Jon Randall began his musical career at the age of 20, when he landed a dream gig playing guitar with Emmylou Harris’ Nash Ramblers. Since then, Randall has gone on to considerable acclaim as a writer, producer, and solo artist with his fingerprints on countless country hits performed by everyone from Dierks Bentley and Guy Clark to Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. On top of his Billboard chart-topping work in the studio, Randall has also garnered both CMA and ACM Song of the Year Awards, most recently for 2017’s “Tin Man,” which he co-wrote with Miranda Lambert and Jack Ingram.
ABOUT SPENCER PEEPLES:
Texas native and Director Spencer Peeples has worked with some of country music’s greatest artists – from creating music videos for Jack Ingram, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bruce Robinson, Willis Alan Ramsey, Turnpike Troubadours and many others, to touring with George Strait in 2018 as a stage camera operator, and shooting album covers for award-winning musicians including GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert. His fly-on-the-wall approach to filming allows him to capture content in its natural form which has become wildly popular and praised by musicians. Spencer has had a passion for film and photography since the age of ten and began his career by cutting his teeth at the Austin Music Network.