One’s smoking, one’s drinking, one’s taking pills
In 2011, the Pistol Annies formed and gave this industry something we needed. Three very independently successful artists/songwriters collaborated and the Pistol Annies were born & it was glorious. These ladies probably had absolutely no idea how much we needed this...that only 4 years later a radio consultant would label women in Country as the “tomatoes” who shouldn’t be played as much as men. If you don’t remember this, look it up. It was 100% BS and we showed him “what little girls are made of” afterward. Anyway, women are not/have not been played as much as men on Country radio and it is a real problem.
So in 2011, Miranda Lambert (Lonestar Annie), Ashley Monroe (Hippie Annie), Angaleena Presley (Holler Annie) formed a group. Everything about their group screams GIRL POWER and it is phenomenal.
Their sound is like a girl band meets Loretta Lynn. It is traditional, old-time inspired, with a certain spice added in. They pretty much tell the the good, the bad, and the ugly truth. These ladies don’t mind breaking the rules and saying how they feel. They don’t take anyone’s shit; they do what they want.
They released their debut album Hell on Heels in 2011, and Annie Up in 2013. They took a few years off, but the rumors that they are reuniting this summer and releasing a new album have been confirmed. And we are all squealing because we need this. So I decided it was necessary to highlight a few of the hidden gems from their first 2 albums.
(If you have looked at my Instagram, you probably have seen my best friend, Pistol Annie The Puppy. She is my 2.5 year old golden retriever that was my wedding day present from my husband & she 100% lives up to her name with as sassy as she is. So yes, the Pistol Annies are my favorite, I even named my damn dog after them, so this is no secret. But I put my favorites aside when writing, so I promise to not be overly biased.)
So here we go, these are in no specific order:
Hell on Heels
This track was the first we heard of Pistol Annies. I love how raw and blunt they were. “I’m hell on heels, say what you will. I done made the devil a deal. He made me pretty, made me smart, and I gonna break me a million hearts...sugar daddy I’m coming for you” Like y’all, I know that Miranda has been talking about lighting people on fire for years, but other than that, no one in Country music talks so blatantly about such content. It’s brilliant.
Quoted at the top of this post because its so great. This track serves as an introduction of the ladies’ personas and literally doesn’t hold anything back.
How creative that this track sounds traditional & “nice” but really it is about being pissed that others behave because rambling is what they were born to do. This juxtaposition is perfect.
Don’t Talk About Him, Tina
Love the twang and the good ole country feel to this one. Bottom line, when a man leave, he sucks and you move on to better things.
Trailer For Rent
Life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes you get so tired of your man & his shit, you just need to get rid of it all.
Sometimes being a woman is hard & annoying. The shit we put up with. But there is always a sweetness that comes. The simile of a lemon drop is cute.
I Feel A Sin Comin’ On
This track was the first on their second album it started things off with a bang. The melodies in this track are second to none, it truly showcase their vocal talents and ability to harmonize. It also isn’t shy about temptation & transgressions. In the past, Country women have been painted as delicate flowers. Not anymore: “I got a buzz in brain, drunk on love going down like champagne. I got a feeling it’s going to leave a lipstick stain, & I’ll be the only one to blame.” Bold and unapologetic.
Tongue in cheek writing at its best. Every married woman can laugh at this honest tale of holy matrimony. If you are pissed at your husband, blare this track & you’ll feel better. Also, once again, the blatant honesty is the best.
Girls Like Us
Such a female anthem that discusses the heart & soul of women. “Don’t girl like us make the world go round & round.”
Boys From the South
With most of their sound being humorous, sarcastic, rebellious, and unapologetic, this track is a nice change of pace. It is a tribute to those Southern boys that we love so much. There just something about them that makes us crazy...but I try not to let my Southern husband know this :)
I drink beer, gallivant, and deal with all kinds of crazy...and I can’t do a damn thing about it. Grab your girls and turn it up.
I Hope You’re the End of My Story
I don’t like love songs, but I love this one. So simple, so sweet. Not overdone. Not idealistic. Just endearing. Ending Annie Up with this track was a great move, letting the simplistic beauty resonate.
The ladies got together to contribute to a Don Williams tribute album...and they recorded one of my Don Williams’ favorites, Tulsa Time. Nailed it.
Thanks for being my soul sister, ladies! Can’t wait for the new music. Who run the world? GIRLS.