Pistol Annies, the feisty trio featuring Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, have hit the charts with guns ablazin’: The trio posted on Facebook today that its introductory album, “Hell on Heels,” is debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart with their album, Hell On Heels.
With more than 44,000 albums sold, the group lands at No. 5 on the multi-genre Billboard 200 Chart, according to the announcement.
“I can not believe how much the fans have embraced us,” said Lambert in the announcement. “We are so thrilled and even more inspired than ever. Thank you so much to our country fans”
Pistol Annies are here to stay!” Monroe added, “I am completely overwhelmed and humbled by the response of our wonderful fans.”
I couldn’t be more encouraged that country music is being embraced so completely.” Presley added. “Pistol Annies has been an organic, artistically driven project from the beginning and we are so proud that our couch dream has become critically and commercially successful. We are just three country girls singing about the truth and we are overjoyed by how well our album has been received.”
“Hell On Heels” is garnering critical praise from an array of media, including the Associated Press, which raves that “as much fun as they’re having, the Pistol Annies address working-class issues in language as real and as colorful as their country music heroes, whatever the gender. This trio aims at a lofty target yet hits the bull’s-eye, song after song.” The New York Times cheers that “the songs have the feeling of rejuvenative writing, small experiments in genre and style for artists versed in country’s classic modes.” The Washington Post declares, “’Hell on Heels’ is a laugh-to-keep-from-crying-your-blue-eyes-bloodshot kind of album,” and that “it might stand as the best country release of 2011.”
To read my rave review of “Hell on Heels,” click here.
The trio was born during a songwriting session with Lambert, AKA “Lone Star Annie” and Monroe, AKA “Hipppie Annie.” While writing and sharing stories, Monroe decided that Lambert and Presley, AKA “Holler Annie,” needed to meet, and a midnight phone call with the three of them launched the group. The three of them wrote and co-wrote every song on the album and were joined by Pistol Andy, AKA Lambert’s husband Blake Shelton, on the song “Family Feud.”
To read my column on the Pistol Annies, with quotes from my recent interviews with Lambert and Presley, click here.