"Returning to your family and where you came from, and your history, this is what makes you strong. It's not looking out that's going to do that – it's looking in. Joanne is a progression for me. It was about going into the studio and forgetting that I was famous."
On whether or not her relationship with Taylor Kinney was an influence on the album:
"Absolutely. When you listen to the album, it's clear the influence that all the men in my life have made on this record. That's at the center of it, as well: I always wanted to be a good girl. And Joanne was such a good girl. But I have such a rebellious spirit, and my father was always very angry. He drank because of his sister's death. I was trying to understand him through making this record, and in that, also trying to understand why I love men that are cowboys. I'm figuring out all of those relationships in my life through the music, and going very deeply into it. But in a totally beautiful way. It's not a sad album. It's an album that is very revealing of me as a woman."
On her audience for the album:
"I really wanted to reach that girl in the crowd who's got a kid in her hand and two kids running around her and a glass of beer in the other and she's crying her eyes out with heirloom jewelry on from her grandma."
On her upcoming dive bar tour:
"It's very reminiscent of how I got my start. I began singing in dive bars and really small clubs. I dragged my piano down the stairs, and I went down the street with my keyboard and I would go to every different dive bar that I could get to agree to let me play. I'd call and pretend I was Lady Gaga's manager."