Pistol Annies “Annie Up” Album Review (Guest Post)


if Miranda Lambert didn’t have enough going on with her red-hot solo
career and her marriage to Blake Shelton, somehow she finds time for
cool little side projects, like her
group, the Pistol Annies. The trio is comprised of Miranda Lambert (Lone
Star Annie), Ashley Monroe (Hippie Annie) and Angaleena Presley (Holler
Annie). Their 2011 “Hell on Heels” was a critically acclaimed (although
not embraced by radio) debut. Perhaps the folks at those big awards
shows (CMAs, ACMs, Grammys) were confused by the Annies and their alter
egos. Maybe they thought the gals made the album as a farce? I can’t think of any other explanation as to why they weren’t
nominated for Best Album, Best New Artist or Best Group. Yeah, the
record was THAT good, and if you, as a country music fan, don’t own it,
your collection is incomplete.

having been said, I had high expectations for their sophomore CD,
“Annie Up.” The twelve tracks were all co-written by Lambert, Monroe and
Presley. Here’s my track-by-track review.

I Feel a Sin Comin’ On, the opening track, is a bluesy sultry number. that starts out acapella, with finger snaps.
“You can see it all over my face, sweet temptation all over the place,
give me tall, dark and handsome, mix it up with something strong. I feel
a sin comin’ on.”


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Exclusive: Canadian singer Amy Rose dishes on CMA Fest, strange fan requests, upcoming album and her fear of flying

Amy Rose

Amy Rose is a force to be reckoned with.

Channeling such singers as Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis and Dolly Parton, Amy is setting the Canadian music scene on fire. The singer's Music Row debut single "I Just Want You to Know" peaked at No. 85 last month on the tally, and her new US single "Party Like a Redneck" was shipped to radio last week, already gaining its first radio add with WKBQ in Covington, Tenn.

To say she has her work cut out for her as a female on radio would be an understatement. However, she says she's not discouraged by the ratio of males verses females currently on the airwaves. "It used to be a man's game," she told Examiner a few months back. "I think the females are taking it by storm, honestly. Every person you hear on the radio is a new up and coming artist. There's a lot of great males, but, you know, there's a lot more females."

In fact, it simply fuels her drive even more. Nashville Gab recently caught up with the mother of three about her growing success, her upcoming performance at CMA Fest, stange fan interactions and her fear of flying, and more.


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Kacey Musgraves ‘Blowin’ Smoke’ Video Review


The video for ‘Blowin’ Smoke’, which is only Kacey’s second,
is one that I was very much looking forward to. I hoped that Kacey would treat
it with the same level of understated dry wit that she treats her music and
this song in particular with, and luckily my wishes came true. The desaturation
and vintage crackling film lines that we saw in the video for ‘Merry Go Round’
reappear here, flicking between color and black-and-white, with the
characteristic clinks of glasses and plates that can be heard in the song
elongated and emphasized. As the song tells a vivid story in itself there was
not much need to deviate from that, and certainly Kacey merely builds on what
she has already written.


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Exclusive: Lady Antebellum performs intimate concert at the iHeartRadio Theatre [PHOTOS]

Reporting and story by Marissa Santomaso


The reviews are in!

It is safe to say that Lady Antebellum is most definitely Golden.
On Wednesday evening, the multi Grammy award winning band kicked off their album release tour with a bang in the Big Apple. Lady A performed for an intimate group of fans in New York City at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son. The small concert was in celebration of their latest album release, Golden.


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