#17 – Pistol Annies – Hell On Heels
Miranda Lambert is one of the artists making multiple appearances on this list, and she shows up first as part of Pistol Annies, the country girl group she formed with friends and fellow songwriters Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe.
The best supergroups feel not like stunts but an organic coming together of similar musical sensibilities. The Traveling Wilburys are an old-school example, and Pistol Annies work just as well as that grizzled bunch.
Though Lambert is the one true star of the trio, Presley and Monroe prove more than worthy of her company. Monroe released her own stellar solo album, Like a Rose, a year ago and Presley has a well-received album on the way. And all three of their unique voices (in terms of both vocals and writing styles) contribute to the Pistol Annies mix.
Lambert brings the sass and grit, Monroe the sly sexiness and Presley the gravitas. They embody the women depicted in their songs with equal parts empathy and passion.
Can’t see a way out of the mess I’m in
And the bills keep gettin’ higher
All I need is a match and a gallon of gas
God, I’m gettin’ tired
I’m gonna set my house on fire
I’ve been thinking about going off the deep end
My man can’t get no overtime and the baby ain’t been sleeping
All I need is a washing machine, these ends of mine ain’t meeting
I’m about to go off the deep end
Well, I’ve been thinking about all these pills I’m taking
I wash them down with an ice cold beer
And the love I ain’t been making
I feel like I’m burning up with words I ain’t been saying
And all these pills I’m taking
I’ve been thinking about setting my house on fire