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Pistol Annies leads country chart

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – Pistol Annies, a side project of Miranda Lambert, will be the number one selling country album in the U.S. when the Billboard charts are released Thursday.

Pistol Annies' "Hell On Heels" sold 44,000 units, good for the top of the country charts and the fifth best selling CD overall. The trio consists of Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.

"I can not believe how much the fans have embraced us," said Lambert. We are so thrilled and even more inspired than ever. Thank you so much to our country fans. Pistol Annies are here to stay."

Fellow Annie Monroe said, "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."

"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," Presley said. "We are just three country girls singing about the truth and we are overjoyed by how well our album has been received."

Luke Bryan's "Tailgates & Tanlines" was second on the country chart and seventh on the overvall chart with 35,000 units sold, down 34 percent. Jason Aldean was third with "My Kinda Party," selling 29,000 units, down 22 percent. He was ninth on the Top 200 chart. Eric Church was fourth on the country chart and 10th on the overall chart with "Chief, selling 24,000 units, down 23 percent.

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Annie Up CD review - Annie Up
For those who thought "Hell on Heels" was a one-off side project for Miranda Lambert (along with sidekicks Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe), think again. The Annies, aka "Lonestar Annie" (Lambert), "Hippie Annie" (Monroe), and "Holler Annie" (Presley), are no novelty act. Instead, they tackle material that you just are unlikely to hear on mainstream country radio both in subject matter and sonics. Like the debut, this one also makes it quite clear that »»»
Pistol Annies CD review - Pistol Annies
One might think that given the presence of Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies are some sort of unworthy side, vanity project for Lambert in between discs. They also would be most wrong because this is not just Lambert and a few sidekicks. Nope. This is a full-fledged, hardcore country trio album (Ashley Monroe and Angeleena Presley are Lambert's partners in crime) and an excellent one at that. The disc takes no prisoners to say the least, making that clear from the get go »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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