Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced that Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall’s THE MARFA TAPES will premiere exclusively on the service Thursday, Jan. 20, and will also roll out in the Nordics, Australia, Latin America, and Canada the same day. The documentary film will offer viewers a rare glimpse inside the making of the 2021 album of the same name, which was recently nominated for Best Country Album at the 64th annual GRAMMY Awards(R).
Directed by Spencer Peeples and featuring live performances set against the backdrop of West Texas, THE MARFA TAPES also features candid interviews and behind-the-scenes footage captured during a five-day album recording session in November 2020. Barely a dot on the map, Marfa is an eccentric outpost in the midst of a vast expanse of nothingness, the perfect place to lose – or find – yourself. For Lambert, Randall and Ingram, it’s both. For more than half a decade, the desolate location has become a songwriting haven for the trio, yielding both massive hits and profound personal growth.
Recorded raw and loose with just a pair of microphones and acoustic guitars, THE MARFA TAPES is a stunning work of audio verité, an intimate, unadorned snapshot of a moment in time fueled by love, trust and friendship. The trio recorded much of the album outdoors, inviting the ambient sounds of the desert to seep into their live, bare-bones performances, and the atmosphere is utterly transportive. The result is a candid, unvarnished look at Lambert, Randall and Ingrams’s undeniable chemistry in its purest, most honest form.
THE MARFA TAPES joins Paramount+’s growing slate of music specials, including the recently released MADAME X, Kacey Musgraves’ STAR-CROSSED, OASIS KNEBWORTH 1996, and the upcoming Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett documentary. Sony Music Entertainment’s Premium Content Division is distributing the film.