You’ve probably heard the names Jon Randall and Jack Ingram before, even if you know anything about Texas country.
And you’ve definitely heard their names lately if you’re a fan of Miranda Lambert.
They’re her long-time co-writers, and more recently her collaborators, on the forthcoming Marfa Tapes. They also helped her pen the incredible heartbreak anthem “Tin Man.”
They’ve been around for a while though, both having prolific singer/songwriter/producer careers, respectively. Jon started out as a guitarist for country icon Emmylou Harris and even won a Grammy with her.
Since then, he’s released a few of his own albums and EPs, but has mainly continued to write and produce for some of country’s biggest names. He was a co-writer on Kip Moore’s “The Bull,” “Whiskey Lullaby” made famous by Alison Krauss and Brad Paisley and even produced Dierks Bentley’s 2010 album Up On The Ridge and 2018 album The Mountain. He has also produced a number of albums in the Texas scene including Parker McCollum’s latest EP, Jack Ingram’s last two albums, and Pat Green’s Home.
And Jack has a slew of albums under his belt. With over ten studio albums to boot, his career as a singer/songwriter has lasted over 25 years. He had a number one single back in 2006 “Wherever You Are” and even won an ACM for Top New Male Vocalist in 2008.
He worked his way through the Nashville scene and had a record deal for several years, but has since left the mainstream. He’s continued to write and release songs independently, and that seems to fit him best.
With The Marfa Tapes set to release on May 7th, I thought it would be fun to dig in to some of their music in preparation for this new project.
If you aren’t familiar with them here’s a couple songs to get you started: