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Country - Released November 2, 2018 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Three elves holding hands in the middle of a forest and looking to the sky with a sense of determination; the cover of the latest Pistol Annies album is rather puzzling, as is the title, Interstate Gospel. Does the trio sing in Elfish or some other invented language on this record? Not at all. For this third album, the three mega stars of contemporary country music - Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley - position themselves as true warriors from a feminist point of view, challenging their struggle for freedom. After going through marriage, motherhood, divorce and midlife crises, it’s time to switch things up. The radiant music begins with a hymn to Jesus (Interstate Prelude) like any self-respecting classic country album. Though here, these hillbilly hippies combine country with gospel, hard rock country and bluegrass. Three different tonalities that form an original harmony throughout these 14 tracks. The three young women set the bar very high and their "supergroup" is clearly not to be taken lightly. From pop-country ballads (Best Years of My Life) to bouncy hillbilly music (Got My Name Changed Back), they reveal a powerful, deep and clear style of songwriting with a touch of black humour, like on the frenetic song Suggar Daddy. They deal with taboo subjects with smiles on their faces. Now that the cowboy era is over, let's make way for the cowgirls! © Anna Coluthe /Qobuz
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Country - Released May 7, 2013 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Why did Miranda Lambert choose to form a group at the height of her career? At first, it seemed she used Pistol Annies as a way to catapult kindred spirits Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley into the spotlight, but now that this objective has been achieved -- Monroe got loosened from the muck of the Music City, winding up delivering the terrific solo album Like a Rose early in 2013 -- there doesn't seem to be much reason for Lambert to stick with the trio. Far from leaving her comrades behind, Miranda doubled down with the Pistol Annies' second album Annie Up, a record that feels in every sense like a thoroughly integrated effort; the work of a group, not three individuals. All three share common bonds -- based on these songs, none of the Pistol Annies are content within their relationships, they're comfortable burying family secrets ("Hush Hush"), and are stubborn enough to live forever ("Unhappily Married") -- and the striking thing about Annie Up is how there is no clear separation between Lambert, Monroe, and Presley; they aren't just equals, but their stories meld into a singular narrative, three voices mining all the pain and pleasure of love and loss in the 21st century, as they trade verses, write from the same shared perspective, and tell tales nobody else dares to. Each of the Annies are savvy pros, cannily crafting songs that are simultaneously comforting and celebratory, conveying how quickly joy can turn into heartbreak, suggesting the same things that make us happy make us sad. Annie Up doesn't have the rhythm of a relationship, it has the relationship of life, the mess of family, new loves, and exes that hang around. In this context, the camaraderie of the Pistol Annies cuts deep -- they're a gang, encouraging the other two not to talk about Tina, praising sobriety, realizing life goes on even when love leaves -- and that gives Annie Up a bruised, beautiful richness. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Country - Released August 23, 2011 | Columbia Nashville

Relieving the pressure of delivering her eagerly awaited fourth album, Miranda Lambert formed the Pistol Annies with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, two similarly minded singer/songwriters whose profile doesn’t come close to matching hers. Lambert may be the star, but she’s not the leader in Pistol Annies, who are a remarkably democratic supergroup, sharing leads and writing songs where the spotlight shifts from one singer to another. Often, the group’s spare, simple arrangements, acoustic underpinning, and wry wit recall the Dixie Chicks, but the Pistol Annies' sensibilities are more straightforward than the Chicks; they don’t bend genres or delve into bluegrass, and the focus remains on the song. And Hell on Heels, their quickly recorded and released 2011 debut appearing just months before Lambert's Four the Record, is filled with excellent songs, tunes that aren’t flashy but are deceptive, built on strong bones, and delivered with a clever flair. There’s a lightness to Hell on Heels that wasn’t apparent on Revolution - it’s clear that collaboration has liberated Lambert, she’s not having to deal with the expectations of a major artist, but rather gets to cut loose and have fun, something that winds up reaffirming her status as a major artist. She tosses off songs with casual confidence while introducing the larger world to two fine singer/songwriters in Monroe and Presley. Miranda’s career will certainly thrive, and Ashley and Angaleena may go on to their own success, but with any luck, Pistol Annies is not a one-off for the trio, but rather a regular gig: this is too much pure fun to not repeat. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Country - Released September 27, 2018 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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Country - Released October 25, 2018 | RCA Records Label Nashville

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