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DVR Alert: Pistol Annies on The View

The Pistol Annies.

Country music trio Pistol Annies will be making an appearance on The View talk show next week on ABC. The girls will be performing their new single “Takin’ Pills” on Wednesday, July 25th. Actress Jessica Alba will also be on the program. Check your local listings for air times.

The girls released their music video for “Takin’ Pills” earlier this month. They’ll be returning to the studio as a group in November to work on their sophomore album, the follow up to the critically acclaimed “Hell on Heels.” What was your favorite track from their debut album?

Pistol Annies Welcome Fans To Henhouse

Pistol Annies. photo credit: Sony Music Nashville.

Rising country trio Pistol Annies are calling on all fellow Annies and Andys to join them in their Henhouse! The Henhouse is a brand new online community connecting fans to share creativity of the Pistol Annies lifestyle. Fans are able to upload and check out others’ discoveries, pictures, and stories as well as behind the scenes content of how the Annies operate.

Miranda Lambert, also known as Lone Star Annie, is giving fans a reason to join:

 “Tune in to ‘Live from the Henhouse’ with Hippie Annie (Ashley Monroe), Holler Annie (Angaleena Presley) and me, Lone Star Annie, for advice that your momma won’t give you.”

Ashley Monroe, also known as Hippie Annie, added:

“Be as creative as you want; show us your inner Annie or Andy!”

On what it takes to be an Annie? Angaleena Presley, or Holler Annie, keeps it simple:

“Being an Annie is an attitude.”

The site also features Henhouse radio, which features the sound track to the Annie lifestyle: some Tom Petty, Merle Haggard, and even a little bit of Pistol Andy – Blake Shelton. Fans can register by using their own Facebook accounts to create their own Annie or Andy profile. Check out the Henhouse at pistolannies.com/henhouse.

In other Annies news, we asked Miranda backstage at CMA Fest if we could see an Annies tour this year… and she said yes! Now we have the dates fans can catch the Annies at this year, so check them out below:

RaeLynn Returns, Performs With Miranda In Stagecoach Surprise

RaeLynn  photo credit:  jewel photography

Fans at the Stagecoach Festival got a huge surprise Saturday night:  The return of RaeLynn.

Headliner Miranda Lambert was midway through her show when she surprised the Indio, California crowd by bringing RaeLynn out on the stage.  The two then sang a rocking version of Maroon 5’s “Wake Up Call,” which RaeLynn had performed on The Voice.  (See a fan-shot video of the performance below.)

Shortly after her performance RaeLynn tweeted the following message:

Just performed with my favorite country singer and my adopted big sister @Miranda_Lambert! Love my sister Annie’s!

Lambert had long been scheduled to headline at the festival and many fans hoped to see the Pistol Annies — the trio of Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe – as they had performed at Miranda’s shows the previous two nights.  The Annies did perform, but the big bombshell came from the tiny Texan and her performance with Miranda, her idol.

Pistol Annies Announce Second Single

The Pistol Annies.

The Pistol Annies are takin’ to the road and soon the group will be takin’ to the airwaves with their second single:  “Takin’ Pills.”

The trio of Angaleena Presley, Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert announced the selection of the single Thursday night while performing at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.  “Takin’ Pills” talks about the main vice of each Pistol Annie character:  Lone Star Annie (Lambert) is drinkin’.  Holler Annie (Pressley) is smokin’.  Hippie Annie (Monroe) is takin’ pills.  The Annies said the single will be released sometime in June.

The song will be the second single for the Pistol Annies.  It follows “Hell On Heels,” which went gold with more than 500,000 digital copies sold.

The trio recently announced they will be joining Lambert on her tour throughout the spring and summer.  We have a list of the initially announced dates HERE.

Pistol Annies To Celebrate “Record Store Day” With Special Release

Pistol Annies. photo credit: Randee St. Nicholas

The Pistol Annies are bringing their old-school sound to an old-school format:  Vinyl.

The trio is celebrating “Record Store Day” with the vinyl release of their Hell On Hells album.  The special vinyl version will be available Saturday, April 21.  The CD and digital album was released in August of last year and has already yielded a Gold single with the title track.

In addition, there’s a widget available HERE that features an animated record player where fans can listen to the Annies’ album with the “fuzz and crackle” feel of a well-loved and worn vinyl record.  By sharing the widget, fans are automatically registered to win an autographed copy of the album and a Sony USB Stereo Turntable to play it on.

The Pistol Annies (Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe) have a traditional sound that is tailor-made for turntables.

“The music of the Pistol Annies is the three of us truly being ourselves—not only in our songwriting and storytelling, but also in the way we perform as a team, says Lambert.  “We wanted to make music that people talk about but might not want to admit and it’s the kind of raw and honest country music that deserves to be on vinyl.”

Fans can find out if any of their local stores are offering the Annies on vinyl by clicking HERE.

EXCLUSIVE: RaeLynn From “The Voice” On Her Battle Round And Beyond

RaeLynn -- photo credit:  Jewel Cole

RaeLynn keeps racking up the “firsts” for Team Blake on this season of NBC’s smash singing competition The Voice.   She was the first singer selected by Blake Shelton for his team.  Now she’s the first singer Blake picked as a winner in the Battle Rounds.

The 17-year-old was matched with Adley Stump for her Battle Round.  The pairing brought together two different types of singers:  The powerful voice of Adley vs the more stylish singing RaeLynn.  Coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green picked Adley as the winner, while Adam Levine went with RaeLynn.  In the end the decision was Blake’s and he went with RaeLynn, taking style over power.

Clearly, Blake sees something special about RaeLynn.  But will the viewing audience feel the same way when it comes time to vote?  We’ll all have to stay tuned for the answer to that question.

In the meantime, we caught up with the talented Texan to get her thoughts on meeting Miranda Lambert, her Battle Round with Adley, preparing for the live shows and a product endorsement she could really sink her teeth into.

Did you honestly have no idea that you were going to be working with Miranda?

VIDEO: Pistol Annies Alert — Surprise Performance in Kentucky!

Pistol Annies. photo credit: Randee St. Nicholas

“Surprise, Kentucky!”

That’s what Miranda Lambert told the crowd last night in Lexington, Kentucky when she brought the Pistol Annies out on stage with her.   The crowd went crazy as Lambert. Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe approached their microphones.  After soaking it all in for a moment, the trio launched into their hit song “Hell On Heels.”  (See the upper-deck fan video below.)

The Annies clearly enjoyed being back in the spotlight.  Ashley Monroe (aka Hippie Annie) posted their thanks on the group’s Facebook page:

Thank you Lexington for such an AMAZING CROWD last night.. wow… you literally blew us away! See ya on down the road! – Hippie Annie

The performance marked the first Pistol Annies concert sighting since December when the trio played a trio of sold-out headlining shows.  Their appearance not only gave the crowd some added excitement, it also probably gave Lambert a boost.  The show at Rupp Arena was Lambert’s ninth in a span of only 11 days.  That long run of her “On Fire Tour” covered more than 4,000 miles.

“Hell On Heels” Goes Gold; One Annie to Get Inked

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The Pistol Annies have gone gold.  The trio’s single “Hell On Heels” reached gold status with more than 500,000 digital downloads.  That milestone means a permanent marking for one member of the trio.

Ashley Monroe (Hippie Annie) posted a message thanking fans and also alerting us all to a promise made by Angaleena Presley (Holler Annie):

“Thanks SO much for making “Hell on heels” gold! holler ( only tattoo virgin in group) said she’d get inked if that happened. :) ? hippie”

No word yet from the still ink-free Angaleena as to what type of tattoo she’ll be getting.  Miranda Lambert (Lone Star Annie) already has the guns and wings thing covered with her tattoo.  We’ll have to wait and see if Angaleena follows suit.

One thing don’t have to wait much longer for is new music from the Pistol Annies.  Their “Run Daddy Run” will be appearing on the Hunger Games Soundtrack, which will be released on March 20th.

Video Picks Of The Week: December 30, 2011

Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson

Hello friends…

We hope that you all had a great holiday!

We are returning to our regularly scheduled programming with our “Video Picks of the Week.”

Music Video

This week’s music video is the Pistol Annie‘s hit first single, “Hell on Heels.” The Annies sure were a surprise this year, but what an awesome surprise they were. “Hell on Heels” is one of my favorite songs of the year and Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe’s voices blend so well together. They are the perfect country trio.

Live Performance

This week’s live performance pick is Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson performing their cross-over mega hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Don’t You Wanna Stay” was definitely one of the biggest and best songs of 2011 as well as one of my favorites. Aldean and Clarkson made great duet partners, and the song earned them a nomination for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” at the upcoming 54th Grammy Awards.

Cover Song

Taylor Swift is pretty much unstoppable. She had another huge year and wrapped up her widely successful “Speak Now World Tour.” As you probably know, Swift performed a cover song by a hometown artist in most cities along the tour run. When she stopped in Philly, she did a mash-up of Pink’s “Who Knew” and TLC’s “Unpretty.” It was one of my favorites from the whole tour. What was your favorite? Thank-you to Taylor’s fan for sharing the concert videos.

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Pistol Annies Plan To Be Around For A Long Time

The Pistol Annies.

“We all have something to say as individual women and as individual artists,” Miranda Lambert said of herself, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. “You put all three opinions together and all three lifestyles and what we’ve all been through, and it just felt like that we were saying something that most people think and don’t actually say. I’m like that in my solo career. I take risks and I’m honest in my music and we just carried it out with this Pistol Annies project.”

“All three of us have different influences, but they all three have the same characteristic—honesty,” Monroe added. “Miranda loves Merle (Haggard). I love Dolly and Angaleena loves Loretta. We’re all very much inspired by the three of them. If you go back and listen to their records, you can relate to what they’re talking about.”

Although record companies sometimes encourage artists into collaborations that look commercially promising, that was not the case with The Pistol Annies. “Miranda and I have known each other for seven years,” said Monroe. “One night we were at her house and I asked if she’d ever heard of Angaleena Presley. I’d written with her a few times in Nashville. She said she hadn’t, so I went and got my computer and started playing her some stuff. She flipped out. She said, ‘That’s the girl! That’s our missing link!’ It fell together as easy as that.”

Presley said the collaboration felt natural from the beginning. “We sat down and wrote these songs and we didn’t overthink it,” she said. “We didn’t have any method to the madness. It’s just songs from three different girls’ perspectives and I guess a lot of people can relate to it.”