By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
If Tishomingo County had a sound, it might just be the country music created by Lisa Lambert.
Lambert, a bluegrass and country singer-songwriter from Iuka, is preparing to release her new album, “Come On Home: Songs and Stories From Tishomingo County,” on Feb. 1.
“Come On Home” is full of stories: “Most are personal experiences or stories passed down; others are just plain fun,” Lambert said. “Somebody said it’s the album of a lifetime. It’s the span of a lifetime.”
Lambert and her husband, Scott Nunley, wrote the songs together.
Lambert recalls a childhood memory of a fisherman named Salty in “My Fisherman and Me,” honors family with tunes like “Living Room Waltz” and “Eighty Trips Around the Sun,” and pays tribute to the troops in “Freedom.”
“It’s good and bad and sweet and funny,” Lambert said. “They are stories that most people, even if they haven’t been to Tishomingo County, can relate to.”
Lambert collaborated with Nashville producer Kim Copeland on the album and recorded it in the Music City. Copeland hired a host of talented musicians to back up Lambert, and many of them have worked with the likes of Dolly Parton and Tim McGraw. “Come On Home” was recorded late last year.
“We scheduled it for three weeks in October, but we finished it in one week,” she said. “They said it was the quickest CD with a new artist ever recorded. But I’m not new; I’m just new to Nashville.”
Indeed, “Come On Home” is Lambert’s fifth album but the first recorded in Nashville.
It’s also the first to be completely full of country music, even though most fans know Lambert as a bluegrass musician. She and her former band, the Pine Ridge Boys, were bluegrass favorites until the group disbanded last year.
“It’s acoustic country, but it’s definitely a country CD,” Lambert said. “But I can always play (the songs) in a bluegrass style.”
Lambert has a host of concerts coming up to promote the release of the album.
In addition to playing at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe the day the album is released, she’ll perform at Thacker Mountain Radio in Oxford on March 28 and at the Iuka American Legion the first Monday of every month beginning in March.
Making music is what makes Lambert happiest.
“I like to tell a story whether I make it up or if it’s a true story,” she said. “I like for something to have a little background to it.”
CD Release Party
“COME ON HOME” will be released Feb. 1, but fans can pick up a copy a day early at Lisa Lambert’s show at Martha’s Menu at 5 p.m. Jan. 31.
ON FEB. 1, Lambert will perform at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
THE CD is $12.