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Miranda Lambert debuts 'Automatic' single Feb. 5.

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Miranda Lambert debuts 'Automatic' single Feb. 5.

By Stephen L. Betts. CREATED Jan 31, 2014

Miranda Lambert hasn't released a new album since 2011, and it's been eight months since the release of her last single. But the wait for something new from the country superstar is almost over. Next week, she'll release "Automatic," the first song from her forthcoming album. The song will be released to radio on Wednesday (Feb. 5).

Written by Miranda, with Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, the autobiographical song "reflects on the days of pay phones, learning to drive a stick shift, driving to Dallas to buy an Easter dress, recording the country countdown on her cassette recorder and more," according to a press release from her label, Sony Music

"'Automatic'" is a song about the good life," says Miranda. "It’s about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply. It's not about going back, but reminiscing about what it was like to hang laundry on the line and wait for it to dry and my dad teaching me how to drive my '55 Chevy that I still have but don't drive nearly enough. The song brings back good memories and it reminds me to take a deep breath and to remember that getting there is half the fun."

"Automatic" is the debut single from Miranda's highly anticipated fifth album, which will be released later this year.

"It’s always exciting and little bit nerve-wracking to release a new album," explains the singer-songwriter, whose first four releases all debuted at the top of the Billboard country album chart. "We've been writing and recording since last summer and I'm ready for the fans to hear my new music."

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts

Stephen L. Betts ("Steve") is a Nashville-based journalist who started his career as a tour guide, karaoke operator and library assistant at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.