During a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Miranda Lambert revealed that her next solo album will arrive sometime this fall. The record, she says, will reflect the newlywed singer, guitarist and songwriter's current state of contentment.

“I would call it old Miranda, but a Miranda at a whole new level, if that makes any sense,” she tells freelance journalist Tricia Despres. “It’s not going to be love song overload or anything like that. [Laughs] I made a career on being a rock 'n' roller, and I think fans are going to hear that throughout. And yeah, there is this vibe of being happy that goes through this album. I am really, really happy.”

Lambert has plenty to be happy about these days, too: After her divorce from fellow country star Blake Shelton in 2015 and relationships with singer-songwriter Anderson East and Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker, she married Brendan McLoughlin, a New York City police officer, in early 2019. “We have the best of both worlds. We spend time in New York, we get to see our adorable nugget [McLouglin's young child from a previous relationship], then we get to come back to the farm and have the quiet life," Lambert says of the relationship.

During CMA Fest 2019 in early June, Lambert debuted a brand-new song, "Locomotive." "It's total country punk-rock ... It really is a reflection of who I am right now," she says of the song, which is indicative of where she's at creatively right now.

"My fire is back and and I still feel like the girl that was at "The House That Built Me" era [in 2010]," Lambert says. "It's fun ... It's just high energy -- it's fun lyrics, it's clever, it's a lot of girl anthems."

On Friday (June 21), Lambert will perform at Chicago's fifth annual Country LakeShake Festival, as part of an all-women lineup featuring such fiery, fearless peers as Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina, Cassadee Pope and Lindsay Ell. “These women have given me so much fuel personally and professionally and creatively," Lambert says of the group. "It can be very hard to be stuck in the middle of a whole lineup of dudes.”

Lambert put together her own lineup that challenges country music's male-heavy status quo for the fall return of her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour. Her revolving supporting cast includes not just her Pistol Annies bandmates but also Morris, Ashley McBrydeTenille Townes and more.

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