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PISTOL ANNIES : Shooting straight and aiming high


“Makeup wipe hoarder!” After a full tilt show under the lights, dressed and decorated for the stage, the Pistol Annies routinely come to the tour bus ready to unwind. Feet up and hair down, their first priority is to remove the stage makeup, and those moist towelettes are valuable property. So prized are the wipes that the Annies have described their use in an original parody based on the Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock song, It Takes Two. Angaleena belts out the first lines: “It takes two to make a face look right; it takes four to make it out of sight!” They are best girlfriends and family by choice. The connection


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goes beyond the band partnership. When they’re apart, the three keep a running text thread going all day and night, chatting about music and men, boots and dresses, and the small secrets that sisters share. When they’re together, it’s a big ol’ slumber party. Toenails are painted, a favourite box of Cheez-It snacks is passed and phone interviews are logged, sometimes two at a time. “Sorry, I couldn’t hear you,” says Angaleena with a smile and a tease in her voice. “Miranda’s being really loud on the other line!” Then in the midst of the chaos and the silliness, one of the girls may throw out a random line, and suddenly the spark ignites and three guitars appear. Songwriting comes naturally to the Pistol Annies. Ashley


Monroe, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley are three solo artists and writers with song and album credits to each of their names. Their genesis as a band came on an unexpected whim one late November evening nearly two years ago. Angaleena thought the other girls had gone crazy when they telephoned at midnight to insist that she email every song that she had ever written because “…we’re starting a band!” When she realised that her callers were serious, and that country music star Miranda Lambert was on the line, Presley wiped the sleep from her eyes and well, she got truckin’. Ashley and Miranda had originally met and bonded when both were signed to Sony Nashville. Ashley co-wrote two songs on


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oarder!” Angaleena had gone quietly to the back of the bus, but that sudden movement had attracted the attention of her band mates; the girls soon discovered that Presley held the last packet of wipes in her hands.


Lambert’s 2009 album REVOLUTION, including the chart-topping single Heart Like Mine. Hunkered down in an Oklahoma cabin, the pair were now writing again, but this time the songs were not an easy fit for either artist individually. The songs were just too good to give away, and so some deliberate thought was needed. The concept of a girl band was only a whisper until Ashley played a few of Angaleena’s songs online for her friend. Miranda had flipped when she’d heard the tunes, and soon the Pistol Annies were a shoutin’ and a hollerin’ their way to the kind of swift and unexpected success that is only dream fodder for most new bands. It didn’t take long for the newly formed group to gel. Within


half an hour of their first meeting, the creative juices were flowing and the trio was writing a new song. From there the action came fast and furious. The new band had barely six tracks written when the Annies were offered the opportunity to make their national television debut during the Academy of Country Music’s Girls Night Out special in April 2011. There were nerves aplenty. The group’s first performance with a live band came at rehearsal for the television show; their second performance was televised nationally! Both the Pistol Annies and their new song were runaway hits.


Hell on Heels became the title track and opening song on the band’s debut album, released in August 2011. A saucy tale of lovin’ and leavin’, the chorus finds the girls making a deal with the devil who ‘…made me pretty; he made me smart. And I’m gonna break me a million hearts. I’m hell on heels...’ With just enough of each Annie’s personality injected into the verses of the song, and an appropriately sassy delivery, sales of the focus track skyrocketed, and Hell on Heels was certified gold in February 2012 for moving 500,000 digital downloads. The success of the single had implications beyond the business realm. The band announced on Facebook that Angaleena, the only Annie without a tattoo, had promised to ‘get inked’ if it happened! The debut album includes ten songs. All of those are original


tunes written by one or more of the Pistol Annies. The lone co-write is on the last album track Family Feud where Pistol Andy (Miranda’s husband, country star Blake Shelton) contributed the


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