Country music superstar Miranda Lambert says that being in quarantine with her husband, Brendan McLoughlin, for the past four months has been a “good test” for their young marriage. Lambert opened up recently with New York’s Country 94.7 about what life has been like at home during the pandemic, and she admits that one of the most difficult things has been not knowing when she can get back on the road and tour again.
The singer told radio host Kelly Ford this week that “if newlyweds can survive a pandemic,” then she thinks that she and McLoughlin are “good.”
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Sunday thoughts. When people ask me questions about all the traveling I’ve done , my answer is pretty much the same every time. “ I’ve been everywhere but I haven’t seen much of anything. “ I’ve been touring for 19 years and most times we just roll in , play our show , and roll to the next town. I’ve only gotten to spend some real time in a few of the places I’ve been. After spending these last few months at home ( a much needed break and time to nest❤️) I realized something. Just because I can’t travel and play shows doesn’t mean I can’t travel and make music. I have the most amazing travel companion, my husband , and we decided to add a family member. Y’all Meet “The Sheriff . “ A 2020 Airstream Globetrotter. ( thanks @rocketcityrv ) I’ve been a vintage trailer collector for years and this is my very first new one. I’m letting go of a few vintage to make room for adventure in this silver gem! I don’t like change but I’m learning to embrace it. Until I get get back on Elvira and tour, I’ll be pulling this rig all over the country. I know that seeing the world through the windshield again will bring creative vibes. #highwayvagabonds #livinlikehippies #BandMetour
“It’s a good test. The first month I had a lot of fun. Well, not fun but I was like, ‘OK, we’re off. We’ll probably be back on the road in a couple of months,’” explained Lambert.
Lambert was in the middle of her Wildcard tour when everything started to shut down due to COVID-19. And, when it became apparent that her break would be longer than she expected, she admits that she did get carried away with eating.
“I cooked too much and ate way too much, and then I had to roll that back a little bit,” explained the Grammy winner. “There’s stuff to do, it’s just the adjusting of not knowing when I’m going to work again. It’s uneasy.”
Another challenge for Lambert during the pandemic has been the transition from performing live on stage in front of an audience to performing via video chat. She says the pandemic has made it clear that she “absolutely hates” singing into a screen because she started her career 18 years ago for that feeling she gets in front of a crowd.
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Hey y’all. Just an update on glamp life. We spent the last week taking #TheSherrif on his first road trip. We camped our way to see our NY family. 6 days: 4 states: 1000 miles. Nashville to Pigeon Forge TN… Virgina to PA and then NY. It was a nice change of pace. Something about the highway is calming, and at the same time keeps you completely focused. I like to drive a lot because most of my adult life I’ve been driven around on a tour bus to play music ( which I love and miss terribly… obvs @db102681 ). B drives too and is the best navigator. We can set up camp in under 10 minutes once we pull in. Took a few times but we worked out the kinks. One of my favorite things on this trip was making dads classic recipe “campfire casserole” in our Dutch Oven on the camp fire coals! Of course we had to face time Rick Lambert to make sure we knew the tricks of the trade, but Brendan has cooking anything in this cast iron down to an art now. Here are some highlights from maiden voyage!! Stay tuned for more! (PS first pic is me celebrating because I backed the trailer into the camp site. 🤠) #theresanewsheriffintown #B&MeTour #airstreamlife #glamping @red55winery @idyllwind @airstream_inc @lodgecastiron @kampgroundsofamerica
While Lambert and McLoughlin have mostly quarantined at her farm in Tennessee, the couple has enjoyed some time on the road this summer after purchasing a new Airstream Globetrotter trailer in May. The couple gave fans a road trip update at the time and shared that McLoughlin – who Lambert refers to as “The Sheriff” – enjoyed his first road trip that covered 1,000 miles and four states.
Lambert also released a new single titled Dark Bars, and in the video she paid tribute to the music venues that have been forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. She says that she is glad that single came out when it did because it is a “song of hope.”
“It has kind of a dark feel but still hopeful which is kind of how we all feel right now. Also, I haven’t had a top five [hit] in six years, so it’s nice to kind of have a little punch in there. It feels good,” said Lambert.