Do you want a tale as old as time? A song as old as rhyme? Get lost in Miranda Lambert’s new tune, “Sweet By and By.” The 31-year-old left her jug of kerosene at home for this one, instead wafting in and out of sweet childhood lessons she learned from her mother and father.
The track will appear on producer Dave Cobb’s upcoming compilation album, Southern Family. When EW spoke with him earlier this month, he said the idea for the record came from his particular affinity for 1978’s White Mansions: “It was written by Paul Kennerley and produced by Glyn Johns. Waylon Jennings and Jesse Cutler [sing] on it and the landscape and cinematic quality — the feel— of the record has always stuck with me.”
Along with Lambert, Zac Brown, Shooter Jennings, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and more have contributed tracks. “There are some that are deep and slow and brooding,” Cobb said. “And some that are really powerful and upbeat. People came in and wrote about their grandparents or where they grew up; things that have been there their whole lives or tragic things that happened along the way. It’s alive.”
“Sweet By and By” is streaming below. Southern Family is due out March 18 via Cobb’s label Low Country Sound.