A: I’m from Tyler, Texas, which is way outside of Dallas, but I currently live in Oklahoma. We are proud and strong, and Texas music is just a different genre. I got my start playing shows in Austin. We traveled from Tyler to find places to play. I like both old school and new school — Jerry Jeff Walker, Jack Ingram, Guy Clark, Pat Green, David Allan Coe, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers Band. (Note: Coe is from Akron, Ohio)
Q: You are one of the few artists in today’s country music scene that actually writes your own songs. Can you tell me a bit about that process and how “working” on the road and with all the other stuff you have to do affects your writing?
A: Songwriting is the number-one most important thing to me. It used to be my hobby, but now it is my career, and it has been hard to separate them. Usually, after I make a new record I don’t write for a while, but I lately have been writing a lot. I love writing songs, making records and playing shows. The tough part is the other stuff — photo shoots, traveling, doing interviews. ...
Q: There is an ongoing debate about the state of country music, usually focusing on the issues of traditional versus pop styles. Your music is a mix of classic country and rock, so how do you feel about that debate?
A: If it’s real and it’s good, it doesn’t need a label. There is room for all kinds of music, and I like the work of people like Carrie (Underwood) and Taylor (Swift). It’s all about the music — look at George Strait’s amazing career, and Reba, who has reinvented herself.
Q: Speaking of careers, how do you deal with the Nashville music industry, and what are your long- term goals?
A: I try not to let the business get in the way of the music. I have really good people to do that part for me. As far as longevity is concerned, I don’t know. I wish there was a book to tell us what to do to maintain a career. I hope I’m doing this in 25 years, talking to you about another new record.
Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour
9:30 Friday, March 19. $20-$100. Wild Bill's. 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000. www.wildbillsatlanta.com