Miranda Lambert and her new boyfriend, Anderson East, are seemingly using their new romance as a source of artistic inspiration. The ACM nominee and the up-and-coming Southern soul singer are taking a page from Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani by sharing snippets of their love story on social media, and Miranda has managed to one-up her ex-husband and his new girlfriend on Instagram by hinting that she and Anderson are taking a big step that Gwen and Blake haven’t dared to take just yet.
And no, this big step doesn’t involve a wedding or a pregnancy—Miranda Lambert and Anderson East are simply doing a little songwriting together. According to the Daily Mail, Miranda revealed that she spent the weekend working on new music. She mentioned Anderson East in an Instagram post about her songwriting session, and she shared a little insight into her creative process. As you can see, she likes to guzzle beer while strumming her guitar.
“Weekend well spent. @andersoneast,” Miranda captioned the photo above. “#writin’ #singin’ #overallsandbeer #pencilandpaper #thecountry #weekendsoff #recharging #tennessee.”
Miranda Lambert didn’t reveal whether Anderson East was offering any input during her songwriting session, but there are clues that he was with Miranda while she working—someone else had to snap the Instagram photo for her, and the only person she mentioned in her post was Anderson. There’s no word on where exactly in Tennessee Miranda is in the picture, but she and Anderson both have homes in Nashville.
According to Saving Country Music, Miranda and Anderson were first spotted getting cozy last September at the last Live at the Green concert in Nashville. As The Inquisitr previously reported, the couple snapped the snuggly photo below during the disastrous ski trip that they took together to ring in the New Year.
People reports that Miranda and Anderson met while working on producer Dave Cobb’s Southern Family compilation album, and Miranda wants her fans to know that she’s a big fan of her new man’s music. According to Us Weekly, she proved this my sharing a screen shot of Anderson’s Southern Family contribution, “Learning,” playing on her phone.
“It takes a man to teach a man – @andersoneast @raytair,” Miranda Lambert wrote. “Learning is out today! #SouthernFamily #whatasong #whatasinger.”
As US 99.5 reports, Anderson East wrote the song about his father.
“[My father] was always there, and so supportive,” Anderson said of the song. “If I showed interest in something, he was there to add something to it: to take me to baseball games, or coach little league. And he bought me my first guitar.”
You can check out the official music video for “Learning” below.
Miranda Lambert’s contribution to Southern Family is “Sweet By and By.” In a behind-the-scenes video, Miranda talks about Southern pride and sings a bit of the song that celebrates reading Bibles, hunting and fishing, and picking switches to swat kids with.
“It kind of sounds like something your mom would have sang to you to sing you to sleep, like a lullaby,” Miranda says in the video below.
Southern Family is set to be released on March 18, which is a few days after Miranda Lambert kicks off her Keeper of the Flame tour. According to the singer’s website, the tour will kick off on March 7 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Concert attendees will likely get to see Miranda Lambert getting pretty emotional as certain songs make her think about her divorce from Blake Shelton and how she bounced back from it by starting over with Anderson East. As Glamour reports, Miranda performed at Nashville’s City Winery on January 20, and she opened up about how horrible last year was for her before sharing a new tune titled “Scars” with her fans.
“So this song, I don’t know if I can do it without crying,” Lambert said. “Scotty Wray has been with me since I was 17. For a long time he was my band. We have been through everything together, good and bad. We both went through a really sh*tty 2015 and we have the tattoos to prove it. He wrote a song a long time ago called ‘Scars.’ I never felt like I could sing it ’til now.”
Luckily, 2016 is looking much better for Miranda Lambert. She has a new boyfriend who might be helping her work on some new music, and she just scored three Academy of Country Music Awards nominations in the Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Vocal Event of the Year categories. The ACM Awards will air live on April 3 on CBS, and Miranda Lambert fans will definitely want to tune in to see if she brings Anderson East to the event as her date.
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