In an interview with My San Antonio, Ingram explains the reason for two different albums:
Ingram has a pile of songs, some with a mainstream country flavor and others telling stories like those by artists he grew up listening to: Jerry Jeff Walker, Waylon Jennings and Randy Newman. With a label that sees eye-to-eye, Ingram plans to record both albums early next year and release them close together in the summer. One will be a studio album with what he thinks can be hit singles that do not sacrifice artistic integrity; the other, Midnight Motel, will set its cool tone by being recorded after dark at a motel in Austin. Is the concept like Dr. Jack and Mr. Hyde?
“I hope so. Lord knows they both exist,” Ingram said. “I want to have it all out there — stuff that gets my rocks off and makes me feel like an artist while at the same time being a mainstream country act. I've always favored substance over style and the rest of my career will follow that.”Midnight Motel and the other to-be-named mainstream release will be his ninth and tenth full length studio albums. Ingram has also released one extended play, six live albums and 18 singles. Although active since 1992, Ingram did not reach the U.S. country Top 40 until the late 2005 release of his single "Wherever You Are". A number one hit on the Billboard country charts, it was also his first release for Big Machine and that label's first Number One hit. Besides this song, Ingram has sent six other songs into the country Top 40: "Love You," a cover version of Hinder's "Lips of an Angel," "Measure of a Man," "Maybe She'll Get Lonely," "That's a Man" and "Barefoot and Crazy."