The Pistol Annies played their first-ever solo show Saturday night at the Las Vegas House of Blues. The trio (Angaleena Presley, Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert) admitted to being nervous. It could’ve been because it was their first headlining concert. Or it could’ve been because they chose to strip things down and make it an acoustic show. It turns out the only thing they needed to worry about was having enough room for all of their fired-up fans.
The Pistol Annies have been an interesting group to watch this year. The all-female trio, made up of best friends Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, have been an experiment of sorts based on fan reaction. The girls first started recording their album “Hell On Heels” together without a recording contract in place, and even performed on Miranda Lambert’s “The Revolution Continues” tour this year to see how response would be. Their album, originally a digital-only release, debuted at #1.
In our interview with Angaleena Presley, she admitted that the three headlining shows of the Pistol Annies were yet another experiment by the group to see if they should add more tour dates as a trio next year. If ticket sales to their 3-date House Of Blues tour, which starts tonight, are any indication… we should see a Pistol Annies tour next year. Their Hollywood date on December 7th is sold-out, and has been for quite some time.
The Pistol Annies will perform at their first award show Monday night at FOX’s American Country Awards. Our very own Jessica Crans and Ted Efron will be on the red carpet and backstage at the show, and will be giving you the latest scoop from your favorite artists. They’ll also be making it out to the first Pistol Annies headlining show tonight and will have a review up tomorrow.
What do you think about the Pistol Annies? Would you want to see a full headlining tour, or do you want them to keep their careers as solo artists next year?
The Pistol Annies are heading out on the road for a small headlining tour of their own over the next few days. Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert will appear at a handful of club shows for the first time as a trio. Our very own Ted Efron and Jessica Crans will be at the Las Vegas show and will report back on the trio’s headlining performance next week.
Don’t forget to check out our interview with Angaleena Presley, who spoke to us about touring plans next year as a group, her solo project, if we’ll see a second single from the girls together, and what to expect from their headlining shows next week.
Check out the picture below that two of the Pistol Annies had just tweeted, which features some of Miranda Lambert’s band, turned Pistol Annies band, in the background:
Pistol Annies’ band member Ashley Monroe launched a new official website re-design earlier today, and to celebrate that news, she’s giving fans a free unreleased track from the songwriter! To get your free download of “Carry On”, enter your e-mail address to be added to her newsletter list and you’ll get a link to download it in your inbox. If you’d rather just stream it online for free, you can go ahead and click the play button right on her website. Make sure you get your copy and let us know if you like the Pistol Annies better as a group or all solo!
Today was an important day for not only Americans, but the entire world, as the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Country stars took time out of their schedules today to say a few words o the important anniversary of the day that changed the world. Here’s some of the highlights:
@reba: Thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of the victims of 9/11. We’ll never forget. God Bless America!!!!!
It’s been a good year for Ashley Monroe. The “Hippie Annie” of the Pistol Annies is celebrating her birthday today while on tour with Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution Continues 2011″ tour.
Their debut album as a group went to number one, making history as it was a digital release only at the time. The girls have announced they will release their “Hell On Heels” album to stores September 13th.
Congratulations on your success as one of the hottest groups this Summer, and happy birthday Ashley!
The Pistol Annies track listing for their debut album as the tough-as-nails girls trio has been revealed on their official music store. “Hell on Heels,” named after their first single, is available August 23rd but pre-orders have been open since CMA Fest. The Pistol Annies are made up of best friends Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. The 10-track album also includes a co-write with Lamber’ts husband, Blake Shelton, on “Family Feud.” The girls, nicknamed Lone Star Annie (Lambert), Holler Annie (Presley), and Hippie Annie (Monroe), gave Shelton the honorary title of Pistol Andy.
The girls released the music video for “Hell on Heels” earlier this week to CMT and GAC. It’s already topped the online charts on CMT.com as the number one most watched music video this week. We were at Miranda Lambert’s Ran Fan Rendezvous 2011 fan club party this year in Nashville, Tennessee and Jessica has a few videos up on our official YouTube channel of their acoustic set during the party when Monroe and Presley surprised fans by joining Lambert on-stage.
Lambert has also been surprising fans on her tour with a short 3-song set by the Annies on select tour dates.
“Takin’ Pills” will be featured on the Annies debut album as a group next month. Here’s our footage of the acoustic version. Have you pre-ordered their album? Or are you waiting for Lambert’s solo album, “Four The Record,” due out later on this year? Check out the full track listing under the “Read More” button.
You can pre-order their album from their official store HERE.
On each of Miranda Lambert’s first four tour stops of her “Revolution Continues” tour since her marriage, she has brought out her best friends, and side project partners, The Pistol Annies for a four-song set mid-concert. Singing three original Annies songs, including “Hell on Heels”, they finish off with a cover of Hit “The Road Jack.”
The first live video from her Savannah, Georgia stop featuring the Pistol Annies found its way on to Youtube yesterday. With the Annies finishing up their first album, due out in July, the three songs should be considered an album preview for the trio. What do you think of the Pistol Annies? I think their third original song, “Boys From The South,” will be a hit if released. The three singer-songwriters might be the first classic country tinged all-girl group in a long time.
Check out the live concert video under the “more” tag. Let us know what you think of the Pistol Annies. Do you prefer Miranda on her own, or are you excited for this girl powered group?
According to Ashley Monroe’s twitter, she and Miranda are off to Nashville tonight to celebrate their number one hit “Heart Like Mine.” Miranda Lambert wrote the song with Ashley Monroe (her friend and fellow member of the Pistol Annies) and Travis Howard.
Me and the puppies and Miranda are heading back to Nashville to celebrate our number one tonight!!!!! Yay!!!!
- Ashley Monroe
“Heart Like Mine” is the 5th single off Miranda’s album “Revolution.” Miranda is currently in the studio working on her next album and will be appearing at CMA Music Festival this upcoming week on June 12th.