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The second LP by the all-female supergroup – Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley – is, like their 2011 debut, full of attitude and guffaws, delivered in three-part harmony over down-home country, rockabilly romps and anthemic mutant bluegrass. But there's pathos beneath the jokes: plenty of domestic decay and poignant love songs.
From the RS review: "There may be better bands than Pistol Annies, but what band is more of a hoot?"
You might remember this gal from her turn on 'Hell on Heels' by Pistol Annies. This one's is even better. Traditionalist, countrypolitan and honky-tonk all at once, beneath the period garb is a modern woman who advocates "weed instead of roses" to revive a moribund sex life and drops references to Fifty Shades of Grey.
From the RS review: "Nine songs, 32 minutes, no false moves."
There are no vocal tricks on the 24-year-old country singer's debut; all the cleverness is in catchy, biting lyrics about waitresses on smoke breaks, non-conformity and friends-with-benefits sex. Musgraves lays bare small-town life with the unflinching frankness of someone whose bags have been packed since she turned 17.
From the RS review: ". . . Man, can Musgraves write. The album showcases a songwriting voice you won't hear anywhere else in pop: young, female, downwardly mobile, fiercely witty."
Here the legendary John Fogerty has recut a dozen classics, most from the Creedence era, with luminaries such as Bob Seger ("Who’ll Stop the Rain"), My Morning Jacket ("Long As I Can See the Light"), Keith Urban ("Almost Saturday Night"), Foo Fighters ("Fortunate Son"), Kid Rock ("Born on the Bayou") and others. The result underscores the timelessness of Fogerty's tunes; more shocking, these versions stand up to the originals.
From the RS review: "It affirms the living history in his greatest hits – that of a great nation still being born."
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The Pistol Annies has canceled its upcoming appearances and Miranda Lambert has absorbed the trio’s performance dates as a solo act.
A statement from the promoter sent to local media explains:
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pistol Annies are unable to appear on any dates in June but Miranda Lambert will perform instead.”
The trio is expected to continue making music and touring.
Warner Nashville’s Ashley Monroe (“Hippie Annie”) and RCA Nashville’s Lambert (“Lone Star Annie”) performed individually during the June 5 CMT Awards, where the trio was nominated for Group Video of the Year.
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Today is a big day for album releases in Country music! Be sure to check out today's newest releases listed below!
Lady Antebellum 'Golden'
“We embraced risk,” said Hillary Scott of the band's latest, introduced to us with "Downtown" as the first single. “When you are pushing yourself to not go back to the same well, you’re gonna come up with something different, or you’ll find songs that are different. And that’s what happened on this album.” Lady A co-produced with Paul Worley.
Pistol Annies 'Annie Up'
Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf produced the follow up to Annies' 2011 debut. “We laid it on the line with Hell On Heels and we wanted to bring it again on this album,” said Miranda Lambert. “The goal of our music is to have people feel like they’re having a conversation with us." Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley wrote all 12 tracks on the album.
Craig Campbell 'Never Regret'
Campbell worked with producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) and Matt Rovey on this sophomore effort, co-writing six of the 12 songs including "Topless" with his wife Mindy and "When She Grows Up" with daughter Preslee.
Various Artists 'The Music Of Nashville Season 1, Volume 2'
Producers T Bone Burnett, Buddy Miller, Gabriel Witcher, Garth Fundis, Frank Liddell, Dan Auerbach, and Ross Copperman worked together to create music for both the show and soundtrack. This second installment includes the Lennon & Maisy cover of The Lumineers' "Ho Hey."
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Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley are giving fans an early listen to their Pistol Annies album with an exclusive stream on Amazon.com starting today (April 30).
Fans can listen to each of the 12 songs, which were penned by the band, before Annie Up hits shelves May 7.
“We are so ready for this album to be out and hear what y’all think about the music,” said Miranda.
“And when it’s in stores, I’ll be in there moving our record to the front of the shelf and puttin’ everyone else’s album behind ours,” laughed Anagaleena.
“And she will,” added Ashley.
Next Tuesday, Pistol Annies will celebrate the release on the Today Show. That evening, the group will perform their latest single, “Hush, Hush” on the Late Show With David Letterman.
On May 8, the trio returns to The View to debut the ballad and album’s closing track “I Hope You’re The End of My Story.”
Track Listing for Annie Up:
1. I Feel A Sin Comin’ On (Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley)
2. Hush Hush (Lambert/Monroe/Presley)
3. Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty (Lambert/Monroe/Presley)
4. Unhappily Married (Lambert/Monroe/Presley)
5. Loved By A Workin’ Man (Presley)
6. Blues, You’re A Buzz Kill (Lambert/Monroe/Presley)
7. Don’t Talk About Him, Tina (Lambert/Presley)
8. Trading One Heartbreak For Another (Monroe/Presley)
9. Dear Sobriety (Lambert/Monroe)
10. Damn Thing (Lambert/Monroe/Presley)
11. Girls Like Us (Lambert/Monroe/Presley)
12. I Hope You’re The End Of My Story (Lambert/Monroe/Presley)
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Pistol Annies has revealed the album cover and track listing of its upcoming sophomore album, Annie Up, which releases on May 7. The second release from Pistol Annies members Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley will also be available anywhere vinyl is sold, including http://smarturl.it/AnnieUpVinyl.
The project features 12 songs wrestling with raw life experience, from the bluesy temptation-filled “I Feel A Sin Comin’ On” to the drudgery of a couple resigned to stay together in “Unhappily Married.”
The confessional “Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty” was inspired by a Tweet that Monroe sent that she had just bought a ton of makeup and makeup wipes to take it all off. “Women are warriors and we go into battle everyday with the stuff we wear,” said Presley. Lambert adds, “You spend all this money for make-up and eyelashes and spray tanners just to wipe it all off at the end of the night.”
Track Listing for Annie Up:
1. I Feel A Sin Comin’ On – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
2. Hush Hush – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI)
3. Being Pretty Ain’t Pretty – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
4. Unhappily Married – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
5. Loved By A Workin’ Man – Angaleena Presley (ASCAP)
6. Blues, You’re A Buzz Kill – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
7. Don’t Talk About Him, Tina – Miranda Lambert/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
8. Trading One Heartbreak For Another – Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
9. Dear Sobriety – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe (BMI)
10. Damn Thing – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
11. Girls Like Us – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
12. I Hope You’re The End Of My Story – Miranda Lambert/Ashley Monroe/Angaleena Presley (BMI/ASCAP)
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Ashley Monroe, of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, will perform the title track, “Like A Rose,” from her forthcoming March 5th Warner Bros. Records release on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 11.
Like A Rose is available for pre-order TODAY at: http://smarturl.it/ashleymonroe. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will receive the duet from Monroe and Blake Shelton, entitled “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter),” as an instant download. Ashley’s duet with the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is also USA Today’s “Song of the Week,” which states that “the new track from Ashley Monroe and Blake Shelton follows the tradition of classic country duets like Johnny Cash and June Carter’s ‘Jackson’ or Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn’s ‘You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly.’” View the full story here.
Monroe’s highly-anticipated studio album, produced by 20-time GRAMMY award-winner Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, features songs she co-wrote with the legendary Hall of Fame songwriter Guy Clark as well as many of Nashville’s A-list songwriters.
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Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Miranda Lambert is currently on the road for the Locked and Reloaded Tour with Dierks Bentley, but the award winning singer / songwriter is committed to making time to work with Pistol Annies, the trio she formed with Ashley Monroe and Angeleena Presley. In a recent interview, she says working with the group means she doesn’t have to always be at the center of every song — and she likes that.
“I love sharing the stage with my two talented, lovely friends, Ashley and Angaleena. It takes some of the pressure off me!” Lambert tells Lancaster Online. “They are amazing singer-songwriters, and when we get together, we always have a good time and create pretty original art. Our songs express things that most women think but just won’t say. It’s kind of a different vibe from my solo music, so it is great being able to be adventurous and to get Ashley and Angaleena’s voices heard.”
The trio’s first album, ‘Hell on Heels,’ came out in 2011, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Lambert says they have been writing for a follow-up ever since, “and we really kicked it into high gear this past fall.” In a seperate interview, she told the Hollywood Reporter, “We just finished our second album, the Annies and I. And we did a photo shoot this week, [and] it’ll be out in a couple months.”
Miranda will also be heading back into the studio this fall to record the follow-up to her award-winning solo album 'Four the Record'.
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Ashley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, will release her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose, on March 5, 2013.
Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she’s the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.
Like a Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life—attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.
Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she immersed herself in all varieties of music ranging from country—she’s not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family—to rock, pop, rap and even opera. When she was 11, Monroe won a talent contest singing “I Want To Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and two years later her father gave Ashley her first guitar. She developed a passion for writing songs, discovering that she could easily communicate her thoughts and sentiments through a six-string and her dynamic, exceptional voice.
Shortly thereafter tragedy struck, upending the young girl’s world. Monroe’s father was diagnosed with cancer and died when Ashley was 13. The young girl immersed herself in music. Monroe and her mother moved to Nashville so that Ashley could pursue her dream. It didn’t take long to find believers. Within a year Monroe had signed a song publishing deal, secured a recording contract and released a single, “Satisfied,” a sizable hit that put her on the map. Then another roadblock: Her record label merged with a larger company, and declined to release her already-recorded album. Although the Satisfied album found a home on iTunes, Ashley, only 20, was, in a sense, back where she’d started.
She didn’t let that stop her though, and with a lot of hard work and determination, Monroe kept honing her craft and putting herself in front of anyone who would listen. Her fandom grew steadily and fellow artists began to notice.
In 2008, Ashley cut a highly praised EP with singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs and a few years later, at the invitation of Jack White, she sang background vocals on an album he was producing by the iconic country-rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson. And just to prove how versatile she is, Monroe also contributed vocals to the track “Bruises” on the 2012 album California 37 by the rock band Train.
But one of the most rewarding artistic adventures for Ashley to date has been the Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed in 2011with her friend Miranda Lambert, whose chart-topping hit “Heart Like Mine” Ashley co-penned, and newcomer Angaleena Presley. Pistol Annies have provided Monroe with yet another outlet for her music. Their album, Hell on Heels, garnered rave reviews. The All Music Guide called the trio “a remarkably democratic supergroup” while veteran music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A grade, citing its “expertly executed tunes.”
Despite her list of previous accomplishments, everything she’s done so far feels like it’s been pointing the way toward Like a Rose. With songs that run the gamut from feel-good to controversial to contemplative, the album, produced by country music titan Vince Gill, offers the full range of Ashley Monroe’s songwriting and performing skills. To maintain the honesty of Ashley’s songs, Gill and the singer chose to record the album the way most of the greatest albums ever were made: sans gimmickry. “We just got the band in a circle and started playing the songs,” Ashley says, “and once we felt like we had a feel for it, I’d do my vocal live—I never went back in to do a second vocal. Everyone put everything we had into the songs. There was a buzz in the room. We all had fun—it felt like a big old family, the way records used to be made.”
Some of the songs were newly written for the album; others date back several years and felt right to revisit. The semi-autobiographical title track, one of the uncontestable highlights of the set, was co-written about six years ago with another totem of the American song-crafting community, Texan legend Guy Clark.
One song that is bound to raise some eyebrows refers to the same favored flower of the title tune, but in a much different sense: “Weed Instead of Roses” tells of a woman’s desire to get a gift she actually desires from her beau, not just something that smells good.
“You Got Me,” co-written by Monroe and Karen Fairchild. Says Ashley, “It’s about an addiction to something—one thing or another, whether you’re stuck in a bad relationship or alcohol or whatever it is—and you try to hide it and fight it but you’re kind of saying, ‘Alright, you got me.’
On a more light-hearted note is “Monroe Suede,” based on “a slick character that tries to get away all the time.” Another is the self-explanatory “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter),” a duet featuring Lambert’s husband, CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton. “Morning After” confronts that uneasy feeling that often follows a too-good time and “She’s Driving Me Out Of Your Mind,” written with Jon Randall Stewart, comes straight from one of Ashley’s many journals. “Two Weeks Late” was suggested by singer-songwriter Shane McAnally, who co-wrote it with Monroe. “He came in and said, ‘I heard this phrase at the ATM: I’m a dollar short and two weeks late.’ That was another one that just fell out. I grabbed the guitar and we started writing it up.
“Used,” another standout, is an update of a song that appeared on Monroe’s Satisfied album. “It came to me when I was about 17 and my manager at the time had just bought me this old 1950s Gibson guitar,” she says. It came into my mind that things are worth more used, and I thought about my mom, who had lost my dad when she was 38. I was thinking, she had two kids, she’s been through a lot, and, bless her heart, it’s all gonna be worth it. Vince and I worked up this new version, which made it fresh for me.”
And fresh it all is. Like a Rose avoids the trappings of too much contemporary music by sticking to the basics: memorable songs, incredible musicians, a superb voice, all of it captured honestly and without frills. As the saying goes, sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Take a whiff of Like a Rose and you’ll find it smells pretty darn sweet.
Ashley and Vince at the Grand Ol' Opry in December 2012:
Check out two new songs from Like A Rose on YouTube:
"Like A Rose"