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Miranda Builds Sense of Community on Her New Album

Patty Loveless, Allison Moorer contribute to Four the Record.

When Miranda Lambert releases her highly anticipated fourth album, Four the Record, on Nov. 1, she’ll do so with a little help from her friends.

Songwriter pals Brandi Carlile and Allison Moorer each wrote songs especially for Miranda—Carlile’s clever “Same Old You” and Moorer’s stunning “Oklahoma Sky”—while coal-country chanteuse Patty Loveless lends background vocals to the Miranda-penned “Dear Diamond.”

Miranda tells that she’s blessed to have so many special guests.

“There are so many people singing and writing on this record that it feels like a community,” she enthuses, recalling her reaction when she first heard Patty’s contribution to Four the Record. “I started bawling. I couldn’t believe Patty Loveless was singing with me.”

But it’s not solely an all-girl party. “Georgia Clay” singer Josh Kelley harmonizes on first single “Baggage Claim” and Blake Shelton duets with his wife on the love song “Better in the Long Run.”

But Miranda says Blake’s contributions to the album didn’t only come when he was in front of the mic. His quick wit helped influence some of the album’s quirkier tracks.

Says Miranda: “I think Blake’s sense of humor is finally rubbing off on me!”

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