Miranda Lambert’s ambitious, stellar 2016 double album The Weight of These Wings is separated into two sections titled “The Nerve” and “The Heart.” Her latest single, the bright, self-affirming “Keeper of the Flame,” comes quite literally from “The Heart.”
“I’m walking in their footsteps, I’m singing their old songs,” Lambert sings, referencing her lifelong devotion to country music and appreciation for damn good songwriting. And just like her favorite singer-songwriters, for Lambert, it’s not about the accolades, but the unyielding drive to create art. “I’m the keeper of the flame,” she sings. “I’m not doin’ it for the glory.”
Written by Lambert, Natalie Hemby and Liz Rose, the single will be officially released to radio on April 16. “Keeper of the Flame” is the follow up single to Lambert’s critically acclaimed “Tin Man,” which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song is the fourth single from The Weight of These Wings.
Though the album is a critical and commercial success, country radio has been reluctant to embrace Lambert’s recent singles, save for “Vice,” which peaked at No. 2. Let’s hope it’s a different story for “Keeper of the Flame.” It’s the kind of unwavering message country radio needs. Lambert may not be doing it for the glory, but she deserves a little glory all the same.
Lambert is currently on her Livin’ Like Hippies tour with Jon Pardi. In July, she’ll kick off The Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town, with special guests Turnpike Troubadours, Natalie Hemby and The Steel Woods joining for select dates.