646 Miles To GoThe Pistol Annies pack a smoking combination of sex appeal, country charm and down home humor.
This allows them to shoot nothing but bull's-eyes on their first two releases - 2011's Hell On Heels and 2013's Annie Up.
Born out of a songwriting partnership between Miranda Lambert ("Lone Star Annie") and Ashley Monroe ("Hippie Annie"), the trio also features Angaleena Presley ("Holler Annie") to create a vocal posse that is pure gold artistically and commercially.
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(Check out the fantastic interview by Twang Nation's Baron Lane with Monroe on the Pistol Annies and her solo work.)
Lambert is country music royalty and half of its most successful power couple as Mrs. Blake Shelton. Or, is he Mr. Miranda Lambert?
Monroe is flowering on her own with the new Like A Rose record.
If their Hell On Heels title track is to be believed, the sultry and sometimes salty sirens made a deal with the devil to be pretty, smart and remorseless heartbreakers.
Lyrically, Annie Up and Hell On Heels successfully rely on a low-cut combination of blue collar blues with bright and dark sides, catty family secrets and feuds, and serious life hardships that pour on the pain.
Throughout both offerings, the music is pure twang banging of every tempo with the three Annies swapping verses and harmonizing together at every bitter and sweet turn.
While Annie Up is a toast to be loved by the boys and girls alike, the second album takes a slightly more somber tone than Hell On Heels, especially on Trading One Heartbreak For Another and Dear Sobriety.
Don't let the outfits fool you, these gals can shoot to stun, wound or kill.
Annie Up Song For The Soundtrack: I Feel A Sin Comin' On
Hell On Heels Song For The Soundtrack: Takin' Pills
Running Data For Saturday, May 18:
Mileage In The Change Jar: 0.29 Miles