Miranda Lambert has her Pistol Annies bandmates to thank for introducing her to her husband, Brendan McLoughlin.
In a recent interview, the superstar revealed how she and McLoughlin first crossed paths and it’s all thanks to Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe.
“I met my husband doing press for the Pistol Annies record, this time last year,” Lambert recalled in a new interview with The New York Times. “Our record came out the day after Halloween, and we did ‘Good Morning America.’ My husband was doing security there for the show.”
As it turns out, Lambert wasn’t the first to notice the dreamy-eyed McLoughlin. Her Pistol Annies bandmates were the ones who initially spotted his handsome face in the crowd. Together they, along with Lambert’s security guard, conjured up a secret plan to get Lambert and the NYPD officer in the same place.
“My girlfriends, the Annies, saw him and knew I might be ready to hang out with someone,” Lambert said, adding that the Pistol Annies now have ‘three husbands, two ex-husbands, three children, a stepson and 23 animals.’ “They invited him to our show behind my back. They plucked him for me. My security guy Tom, he was in on it too. He said to me, ‘He’s here. And he’s pretty.’”
Lambert and McLoughlin wed in a secret ceremony in early 2019. They announced their marriage via Instagram around Valentine’s Day with photos of their union. After tying the knot with her hubs, Lambert began to spend quite a bit of time in NYC, where she became acquainted with the transit system and the constant hustle and bustle of the “big apple.”
Her new life inspired two songs on her upcoming record, Wildcard. In the tunes, she mentions her experience being in the city.
“I’m not great at navigating the city, but I’m great at calling an Uber,” Lambert confessed. “I got lost one day, walked to the West Side Highway, and my Apple Watch said I’d walked 13 miles. When people recognize you here, they don’t make a big deal. ‘Oh. Hey. You’re Miranda Lambert. Like your music. Bye.’”
Wildcard will mark Lambert’s first record since 2016’s double album, The Weight of These Wings. But, fans can expect the new collection to be more true to her roots than her previous body of work.
“I bought it back to straight down the middle Miranda Lambert. People want the humor, the sarcasm, something not too musically out there. And I get that,” Lambert explained. “But would I love to just go off and make a stone cold country record? Hell, yes. Maybe I will. You have to grow as an artist. I can’t sing “Mama’s Broken Heart” when I’m 80 years old. That’d be weird.”
Wildcard will be released on Friday, Nov. 1.