This Album Changed My Life: Tyla Rodrigues On Miranda Lambert’s ‘The Marfa Tapes’

17 November 2022 | 12:44 pm | Mallory Arbour

'Missed Calls' is out now!

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Rising country singer, Tyla Rodrigues style is influenced by the sounds of Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill combined with Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs and Chris Stapleton. From this, she has created her unique country-pop style that incorporates the twangy love of classic country with soulful R&B.

Her latest single, Missed Calls can be described as a ‘honky tonk country song with a modern twist’ and showcases another side to Tyla’s versatility as a country performer. The track pays homage to the old and the new, the perfect blend of country gospel and country rock.

After gaining attention at Tamworth Country Music Festival this year, Tyla has gone on to perform at Gympie Music Muster with fellow country music artist Jarrad Wrigley as well as being in demand for upcoming supports with artists such as Andrew Swift, Jade HollandWill Day and Vixens Of Fall.

To learn more about Tyla, we asked her about an album that changed her life.


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Tyla Rodrigues on The Marfa Tapes by Miranda Lambert:

“Throughout my life I have had a range of musical influences from across all genres with many different styles, all of which have shaped me to be the musician that I am today.

Out of all these artists, Miranda Lambert is someone I have taken a huge admiration for. She is an artist who has stayed true to herself and her style throughout her career and someone that I believe makes music for herself. Which is something that I aspire to do and so. If I had to choose to listen to one album for the rest of my life it would be Lambert’s The Marfa Tapes.

Written by Jack Ingram, Lambert and Jon Randall, the trio took some guitars, pens and paper and drove to the middle of Texas to record the record. It’s raw, honest and it reminds me of all the reasons I love country music.

The first song I heard from this album was Waxahachie, a track about missing your hometown and I fell in love with the way that there was nothing to it but a voice, a guitar and some harmonies. With no mastering or big production, each song feels like a chapter that makes up the journey of the record. The simplicity of the entire album is beautiful to me and something I hope to create myself someday.

I have spent a lot of my time as an artist focusing on trying to figure out what ‘my sound’ is and what the best songs to release sound like. Lambert and the stories behind The Marfa Tapes record have taught me that everything that I write and produce is my sound no matter how different each song may be and for as long as my music is honest, it will make someone feel something which is what music is all about.”


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