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September 19, 2011

Meet the Pistol Annies

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

The female country group, Pistol Annies, has taken the music industry by storm.  Formed in April of 2011 their first single, Hell On Wheels, has been climbing the charts since July.  The group comprised of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley recently released their first album which debuted at #1 on the Country Charts and #5 on the US Billboard Chart.  Meet the gals who mix a touch of rock n roll, a dash of blues, a pinch of soul and a lot of good ole fashion country music to create this unique sound. *below bios taken from the Pistol Annies website.


I’m Miranda Lambert, and they call me “Lone Star Annie.” I come from the piney woods of East Texas. I am a singer/songwriter, and a lover of outdoors and animals. Though I have a successful solo career, I’m always dreaming and looking for inspiration. These two girls came into my life and they too are dreamers. Together we have created and crafted some of the most amazing songs. All from the eastern part of our home states, we write and sing about real life and our roots. Our music is honest and outspoken just like us. I hope this music takes you on a journey to places you would never have gone. See ya down the road…


I’m Angaleena Presley, and they call me “Holler Annie.” I was raised in the hills of Eastern Kentucky in a little town called Beauty. My dad is a third-generation coal miner, and my mom is a school teacher. I am extremely proud of my mountain heritage. The first thing I ever remember loving was Bo Duke. The second and lasting love of my life is music. When I was fifteen my dad taught me how to play “Mama Tried” on his old guitar, and that lit a fire in me that burns to this day. I moved to Nashville in 2000 and got signed to a publishing deal nine short months later. I have been blessed to work with Nashville’s finest, including Ashley Monroe. We met through our publishers and clicked immediately. Ashley later introduced Miranda Lambert to my music. Miranda asked me to come hang out, and before I knew it we were all in the studio making a record together. Miranda, Ashley, and I have an amazing creative chemistry and unbelievable friendship. I can’t wait to break the rules with my fellow Pistol Annies.


I’m Ashley Monroe, and they call me “Hippie Annie.” I was born in East Tennessee and have been singing all my life. When I was 13 my dad passed away, and soon after me and mama headed to Nashville where we’ve been ever since. I met Ran when I was 17. We were both on Sony. At first we wrote each other off as “another blonde singer,” but after we heard each other’s music we couldn’t stay away from one another. I started writing with good ol’ “Holler Annie” a couple years ago and had to play her music for Ran. When I did, she flipped out!! We called “Holler” that night and told her we wanted to start a band! And here we are, the best of friends, writing and singing songs together, and I have a feeling this is just the beginning.

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