Was Martina McBride “Reckless”?

New Song Takes Her Back to Her Messy Years

I could write this story with six words: Martina McBride has a new single.

That alone kind of says it all. It’s been almost five years since she released her last country single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” so her fans are more than ready.

And this one’s worth the wait.

It’s called “Reckless,” and it proves that before McBride was everything her Twitter bio says she is — wife, mother, decorator, cook, party-thrower, singer, producer, writer, musician — she was a 20-year-old with a less-than-perfect life.

McBride told me on Tuesday (Feb. 23) that hearing this song took her back to a place to when she first met her husband John.

“I was 20 years old, and I was just doing things kids do,” she said of her life at the time, which she described as messy. “But I was singing in a club five nights a week, until 3 in the morning, and I was just making some questionable life choices.

“Then John came along, and he’s eight years older than me, so he kind of had it together. And he saw through all of the disarray that my life was in, and he loved me for the person that I really was inside. And the person I would become.”

The way she explains it, she was reckless — and he was reckless for loving her anyway.

“This song is about gratitude for that kind of unconditional love,” she said. “It’s a universal sentiment. It’s a love song, but not one where everything’s perfect. The lyric is a little darker and vulnerable.”

The single will be released to country radio this Friday.

Making the rest of the album — due out this spring — felt both familiar and exciting for McBride, who took time between albums to be with her family and her fans.

“It felt like I’d gone away on a cool adventure, like a voyage, and it was so enriching to be out on tour,” she told me. “But all of that felt like a departure, so I felt ready to come back and make this music. It felt like home.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.