Ashley Monroe, one third of the Pistol Annies, has had a very rich career since her debut album, 2009’s Satisfied. Since then she has released three more solo studio albums along with a live album, in addition to the three Pistol Annies records.
She has recorded music with Blake Shelton, Jack White, and Train, among others, and written or co-written songs for a number of fellow country artists. No doubt, she’s stayed busy.
At some point during Miranda Lambert’s concert she will bring out her two Pistol Annies bandmates to perform a few songs as a trio. Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe are both fine artists in their own right, and teamed up with Miranda they’re one hell of a band.
But rather than feature an Annies song this week, I’ll give Presley and Monroe a little solo love.
The main opening act on Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour is Maren Morris, who is definitely on the rise. She’ll likely be playing as a headliner starting next year.
Morris made a splash with her 2016 album Hero, featuring the hits ‘My Church,’ ‘Rich’ and ’80s Mercedes’ but had her first major success with the track ‘The Middle,’ a cut by the DJ Zedd that featured her on lead vocals. That song hit #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #1 on the pop chart.
This Saturday my family and I are heading to Orlando to see Miranda Lambert in concert. This show caps off a nice year of live music for our squad, starting with Josh Rouse in Asheville, then Brad Paisley in West Palm Beach and a performance of Les Miserables in Fort Lauderdale before culminating with Miranda.
I’ll also be seeing Elvis Costello this week, accompanied by a man who has posted a comment on every single Song of the Day to date. So yeah, a pretty great year for live music.
‘Colors’ is the third single from Halsey’s debut album Badlands, released in 2015. Since then Halsey has become a pretty big deal, releasing nine Top 20 singles, five of which reached the Top 10 and two of which hit #1.
My older daughter has been on the Halsey train since before this album dropped. I’m half a fan through osmosis, though I’ve never really been grabbed enough by her music to listen to either of her albums all the way through.
The Random iTunes Fairy has been peeking in on the weekday conversation, as she is wont to do.
Just the other day I proposed a theme week on Billy Joel songs that would make good fodder for a Netflix anthology show. And she serves up ‘Half a Mile Away,’ a very strong candidate. With street smart characters like Little Geo and Angelina circling our restless narrator, this song could make for a great little New York-set character sketch.
The final song I’ll feature from the upcoming Dolly Parton anthology series Heartstrings is ‘JJ Sneed,’ a nice counterpart to ‘Jolene.’
While ‘Jolene’ depicted a woman deathly afraid that a temptress would steal away her man, ‘JJ Sneed’ gives us a narrator who sees her man tempted by another woman and responds by shooting him dead. I guess that’s… progress?