She released her newest single today, “If I Was a Cowboy” (her first solo track since 2019), and it’s an absolute dream of a country song.
In addition to her Christmas album that comes out next week with her girl band the Pistol Annies, as well as The Marfa Tapes with Jon Randall and Jack Ingram earlier this year, she somehow found time to write this gem.
A co-write with Jesse Frasure, it finds Miranda imagining what it would be like to be a cowboy and live free out west, roaming around little towns and pretty much doing whatever the hell she wants without consequence. Wouldn’t that be nice?
She even throws in a fun little reference to Waylon and Willie’s 1975 #1 hit “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”:
“So mamas if your daughters grow up To be cowboys, so what”
I think it’s an understatement to say that there’s no one else in country music doing what she is right now. Over the last year or so, it feels like she’s leaned in even more to her country roots and Texan spirit, and I have to say, it’s really working for her.
And as for this latest song, it really does remind me of a country version of Beyonce’s hit “If I Were a Boy.” Her perspective is refreshing, and it’s so nice to have someone call it like it is and be honest about the struggles all of us girls face everyday in such a unique way.
Though there’s been no confirmation that this signifies a new album or project yet, after hearing this song, I really hope it does.