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Country Stars to Perform at Willie’s Tribute Concert

Country Stars to Perform at Willie’s Tribute Concert

George Strait, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Sheryl Crow

and More to Perform at Willie Nelson Tribute Concert

An all-star cast of performers will hit the stage to pay tribute to country icon Willie Nelson at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 12.

The tribute concert—Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw—will feature performances by Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Willie is also set to take the stage.

The event will honor Willie and feature some of his greatest hits performed by today’s biggest musical stars. The concert will be televised on A&E at a later date in 2019.

Shania Twain on Real Country: “I Dare to be Different”

Shania Twain on Her Advice to ‘Real Country’ Contestants: ‘I Dare to be Different’

Shania’s advice for those hoping to make it in the industry: “Being like anyone else is the worst thing you can do.”

It’s this mentality she hopes to instill in the contestants on Real Country, USA Network’s latest competition show surrounding country music. In addition to serving as a panelist, Twain is also an executive producer of the show, contributing her more than 30 years of experience in the industry to those vying for their chance to breakthrough.

The show functions more as an industry showcase than it does a typical reality show competition. Panelists Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen each hand selected seven acts that the audience will vote for across a total of eight episodes. The artists who win in the individual episodes will advance to the grand finale. Many of the performers are hardworking artists and musicians who have been honing their craft for years, ranging from songwriters who’ve already scored hits to Americana duo Young Fables who have three albums under their belt, all in search of an opportunity to elevate their careers.

“I think that we’ve created a platform that is much more like the real world than a talent show,” Twain shares with Sounds Like Nashville and other media. “If you’re in an environment like this and you’re going to be competitive in the grand scale beyond this show, you already have to have the goods.” For Twain’s role, she’s looking for evolved artists, ones who’ve harbored a steady passion for their art and are unwavering in their identity. When looking for talent, Twain was focused on diversity, drawn to artists who are unafraid of being unique. “I’d like to see a new confidence in people. I’d like to see people…saying, ‘I dare to be different. I challenge myself to be different,’” she reflects.

“When I was starting out I didn’t know what the audience wanted either, but that innocence is so valuable. I wasn’t writing to anyone’s expectations. I was just doing what I thought was interesting,” she continues. “I’m encouraging them to just do their own thing and not try to fit in and please the audience or us or the industry. Get up there and do your own thing and get lost in that as your focus.”

REAL COUNTRY — “Drink Up Party Down” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Jake Owen, Travis Tritt — (Photo by: CJ Hicks/USA Network)

With the Real Country format, the 90s era icon says confidence is a key factor, as performers only have one chance to move the audience into voting for them. But the most crucial aspect she advises is they remain true to is their authenticity. The contestants are able to look to Twain and her fellow panelists as guiding forces, but the singer insists they’re not trying to alter the artists’ vision. “We don’t get access to make them something that they weren’t at the beginning of the season. It’s a very fair show in that sense,” she says.

Twain admits, though, that rejection is an inevitable part of the industry, especially for artists venturing down a unique path. She encourages contestants to be open-minded toward credible critiques as a way to help them grow. “Constructive criticism is important to listen to and to take on because you’re going to learn something from it,” she explains. “Be honest with yourself. False confidence is never going to serve you well at all. Self conviction, determination, that’s a very different vocabulary.”

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AE Presents Platinum Awards to Country & Gospel

AirplayExpress Awarded Platinum Disc Awards To Qualifying Artists in the Country & Gospel Genre 2018 

To Visit Artists listed below’s AirplayExpress Awards Page just click on their names

More of the prestigious Platinum Disc Awards have been awarded to artists who have recently Moved Into the #1 position of the AirplayExpress Country Music Top 50  and Gospel Top 20 International download charts.

The following artists,Alan Karl, Jack Greene, Bobby G Rice, Larry M Clark, Donny Richmond, Stonewall Jackson, Scott Simmons, John McCabe,Wildhorse, Rita Faye and Dan Schafer have all accomplished the task. We at AirplayExpress congratulate them and thank radio and Disc Jockeys worldwide for supporting these artists and in so doing helping them to reach a much sought after #1 position on the AirplayExpress Charts. Thank you all.

Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations if you are not already doing so, please post your playlists on our AirplayExpress Playlist site, it just helps us to compile our charts. We know many are airing our releases but not all are posting their playlists. We also know that time is a factor so we are just appealing to y’all if you have the time, you can be assured that we will appreciate it very much.

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Tom Pallardy & the O*M*G! Band (Old Music Guys)

Tom Pallardy & the O*M*G! Band (Old Music Guys)

Don’t Be Fooled by the Name “The Old Music Guys” This Band is right up there with the Best

Tom Pallardy and the OMG Band (Old Music Guys) recently performed to a sold out crowd at Lucy’s BARge, at Lucy’s Branch Marina in Athens, Alabama. Tom and the group started rocking the barge from sunset with a variety of music which lasted way into the night. It was clear while the band performed their last number that everyone come out and enjoyed the fun and the great music! No one at Lucy’s BARge was ready to go when Tom and the OMG Band finished up but as we sadly know at most venues when the times up the times up.

Tom Pallardy: Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Tom moved to Nashville in 1975 and now loves living in Town Creek, Alabama. In Music City he owned and operated a demo recording studio called Top Tracks and a music arranging company called T.P. Productions where he transcribed music for copyrighting by major artists and publishers. Since the age of 12, Tom has performed or recorded on saxophone, flute, keyboards and vocals professionally throughout the world with a wide variety of artists, including: Chuck Berry, Ike & Tina Turner, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Percy Sledge, Rufus Thomas, The Coasters, The Boxtops, Vern Gosdin, Johnny Rodriguez, George Jones, Donna Fargo, Helen Cornelius, Stella Parton, Clifford Curry, Tony Joe White, The Dixie Cups & Frankie Ford. His original songs have been recorded by Mel Tillis, Nancy Sinatra, Frankie Ford and many others.

Ernie Norton (Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Vocals) resides in Town Creek, Alabama. He’s been playing guitar (and other instruments), singing smooth vocals, producing demos and doing sound for many bands and shows for 63 years. He’s been part of the “Musical Explosion” at Athens Bible School and has played in area bands as diverse as The Cadillacs Band (Florence), Purple Sage (Rogersville), Replay The Band (Decatur), The Bama Cruisers (Shoals) and The Grace Notes.

Philip Hughes (Bass Guitar/Vocals) lives in Decatur, Alabama and is in demand as a session musician and performer in countless bands of various genres throughout the state. He’s played with Jeff Cook of Alabama; Sister Luck and The Sophisticated Swingers (Decatur); Silvery Moon Band and The Party All Stars (Huntsville); Bottom Dollar Band (Somerville); Hutch Edwards Project and Trey Lewis (Birmingham); Horizon (Cullman) and Lisa Busler (Montgomery), just to name a few.

Mitch Rigel (Drums), formerly of the Shoals, now calls Decatur home. He has been a freelance drummer and educator in the Shoals and North Alabama area for 40 years. He has played with Gary Rossington & The Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour as well as the Shoals Big Band, The Edd Jones Orchestra (Birmingham), Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Jan Garber and Don Glaisser. He also does demo sessions and performs with the Silvery Moon Band and Moondust (Huntsville) and Sister Luck and The Sophisticated Swingers (Decatur).

Randy Fowler (Lead Guitar & Vocals) hails from Southern Middle Tennessee and has been playing guitar and doing demo recording sessions for 39 years. Besides being a part of the house band on the musical variety show “The Country Shindig” for 25 years, he’s been performing lead guitar and vocals in the show group “Showdown”, along with well-known Elvis impersonator Michael Dean, in the Shoals area since 2000.

For bookings, contact Tom Pallardy at safesax2@comcast.net or call cell# 615-878-6808.

 – WHISNews21

 

Country Stars Live At The Vineyard 2018

The Live in the Vineyard staff wasn’t exaggerating when they said guests would be spoiled during the 2018 event. True to their word, the 10th annual event was packed with incredible live music, delectable dishes and savory wine, all taking place at a handful of stunning vineyards in the Napa Valley region. The milestone weekend highlighted singer-songwriters when the likes of Jason Mraz, Jewel and Matt Nathanson converged with country stars Cassadee Pope, LOCASH, Clare Dunn, Maggie Rose and more for stripped down versions of their most notable songs, all set amongst the eloquent scenery of Napa Valley. Here are six of the most memorable moments we experienced at the 10th installment of Live in the Vineyard.

Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

Maggie Rose

The party got started long before we landed in Napa, thanks to Maggie Rose and Southwest’s Live at 35 program. Rose turned the 175-seat aircraft into an intimate concert venue with her solid acoustic production. The 35,000-foot altitude didn’t inhibit her remarkable voice, which left quite an impression on her fellow passengers as she belted out “Pull You Through” and “I’m Yours” off her new album Change the Whole Thing. She’s got soul running through her veins and her voice captures that like no other in country music.

LOCASH

LOCASH; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

Country Music Meets Napa

It was a singer-songwriter edition after all, and country music artists are among the best. LOCASH, Clare Dunn and Lucas Hoge all used their showcases at Brasswood Cellars to create a personal atmosphere with their best cuts and covers. LOCASH shared a smooth rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls” along with a new song off their upcoming album titled “Beers to Catch Up On.” Dunn enthralled the crowd with her interpretation of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” and Hoge really brought the country feel with “Dirty South.” Less than 24 hours later, Tegan MarieHaley & Michaels and Tyler Rich brought their spirits to the beautiful meadow of Chappellet Winery. The crowd was enamored by Marie’s youthful charm, while the husband and wife duo of Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels were glowing with their original wedding song “Giving It All (To You),” before Rich blended his California pride and country sound with songs “California Grown” and rising hit “The Difference.”

Michael Franti

Michael Franti; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

Michael Franti

You know his radio hit “Say Hey (I Love You),” but Franti’s soul goes even deeper than that. From the moment he took the stage at Vista Collina, Franti brought all the feel-good vibes. Between his “Stay Human” conviction and uplifting songs like “The Sound of Sunshine,” Franti was a positive force of energy that permeated into the crowd. He took this one step further by going into the crowd on multiple occasions, engaging with attendees and making them feel like a part of the show. He left his soul on the stage with a duet with Victoria Canal on “Flower in the Gun,” a hopeful message in response to gun violence in America. “May optimism always win,” he said. It’s a notion we can all stand behind.

Jewel

Jewel; Photo credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

Jewel

While each performer was noteworthy, Jewel provided one of the most captivating performances of the four-day event. The singer balanced a well-rounded set of signature hits like “Standing Still” and “You Were Meant For Me” with powerful new songs she penned after being inspired by her family and the young people struggling with mental health that she works with through her Never Broken Foundation. Between sharing the harrowing story of how her grandmother emigrated to the United States and traveled more than 200 miles on foot with a baby on her back, to showcasing her wide-ranging voice (which sounds like three singers in one), Jewel left the audience mesmerized and wanting more.

Patrick Droney

Patrick Droney; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

New talent

Live in the Vineyard offers ample opportunity to see promising up and coming stars, and there were several on display in Napa. Ingrid Andress is a star in the making, one country music fans are bound to be invigorated by when they hear “More Hearts Than Mine,” a moving ballad that left many broken hearts at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. William Prince also had listeners in awe of his stunning songwriting, while Andreas Moss inspired the Lincoln Theatre with his striking voice and honest storytelling. Nashville-based Patrick Droney also proved to be an undeniable talent on guitar, paired with mystifying vocals.

Rachel Reinert

Rachel Reinert; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

The view

There’s nothing quite like the beauty of Napa Valley. The sweeping landscapes and awe-inspiring mountains that surround the vineyards made for a truly remarkable backdrop. Watching the artists interpret their songs amidst such a serene atmosphere gave new them new meaning – and the divine wine wasn’t a bad touch either.

What Really Went Wrong On The Castle TV Series

What Really Went Wrong On The Set Of the Castle TV Series

 Where Did Things Go Wrong? Well, It’s Complicated

Castle was one of ABC’s steadiest performers for years, but following a flurry of head-scratching headlines and behind-the-scenes drama, the network abruptly canceled the crime drama after an eight-season run

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Stana Katic was kicked off the show:  The first sign that something was amiss on the set of Castle came in April 2016 when ABC abruptly opted not to renew star Stana Katic’s contract for a ninth season. According to Deadline, the decision was made due to “budgetary reasons.” To add more fuel to the fire, sources claimed that Katic wasn’t even approached to renegotiate her contract. Even the occasional Castle viewer was shocked by news of Katic’s departure. Although the show was named after Nathan Fillion’s character, Richard Castle, Katic’s Kate Beckett had become an integral part of the show’s storyline, especially after Castle and Beckett (known colloquially, if morbidly, as “Caskett” by fans) hooked up at the end of Season 4. At this point, moving forward without Beckett made absolutely zero sense. Sure, high-profile cast members leave shows all the time—just ask David Duchovny of X-Files or Shelley Long of Cheers. But considering the timing of the news, plus reports that Katic didn’t have a say in her exit, the whole thing felt strange, if not suspicious.

Tamara Jones got the boot, too: Katic’s departure from the show was extremely shocking for many of the viewers of the show, but the announcement was made all the more crazy when another one of Castle’s top female stars, Tamala Jones, left the show as well. To be fair: having Jones continue to appear on Castle without Katic didn’t seem plausible because her character, Dr. Lanie Parish, was Beckett’s close friend. The duo’s departure seemed to suggest Castle was preparing for a major storyline shift in Season 9, which never would have worked because…The show had been running for too long and fans were used to her sometimes funny/serious input.

The show had evolved too much: In its coverage of Katic’s shocking departure, The Hollywood Reporter noted that the shake-up could allow Castle to focus more on the show’s week-to-week crime procedurals, rather than larger character arcs, relationship drama, and all that jazz. The show had already hinted it was heading in that direction when Castle and Beckett separated at the top of Season 8. A shift like that would not have worked. Castle grew out of its procedural shoes a long time ago and had since become a show that many viewers invested in because of its characters. Returning Castle to your run-of-the-mill procedural drama would have set the show back years at a time when fans were expecting it to move forward. Given how upset fans, and the show’s own cast, became over Katic’s departure, it’s impossible to imagine Castle returning to its roots without losing viewers.

Did Fillion and Katic hate each other? Amid reports of Katic’s exit, word got out that she and Fillion did not get along on set, much to the heartbreak of Castle fans everywhere. In fact, things allegedly got so bad that Fillion would often make Katic cry. “Stana would cry on set because Nathan was such a bully to her,” a source told Us Weekly just days after Katic’s departure hit the wires. Added a second source: “Stana would go in her dressing room and cry. A lot of people who work on the show don’t like Nathan. It’s not just her.” “The friction was very evident,” the second source went on to say. “Nathan has been nasty to Stana for a long time. Stana was a pro, just wanted to get in there and do her job.” A rep for Katic denied any on-set tension. Fillion dodged the rumors, but the Firefly star’s tepid “I wish her well” reaction on Twitter led many to wonder if the reports were actually true.

Ratings were sluggish: When you remove all the behind-the-scenes drama from Castle, ABC’s decision to cancel the show might have been a lot easier and more rational than we initially thought. The show simply had not been pulling in the kind of ratings it used to. Its Season 8 premiere debuted to 6.84 million viewers, down about 4 million viewers from Season 7’s start. That was likely an especially tough pill for ABC execs to swallow, considering Castle once averaged more than 12 million viewers for three consecutive seasons. But the bleeding didn’t stop there. In February 2016, Castle aired its midseason premiere to 5.72 million viewers, a series low, according to TV Line. By that point, the writing was already on the wall.

New showrunners were brought in: Another obvious sign that Castle’s time was running out: the series hired new showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter to take the reins in Season 8. Hiring new people to run a show that late in the game is never a great sign, and it’s even worse when they make risky changes to the storyline only to backtrack a few episodes later. Such was the case with Castle and Beckett’s separation. Amid outrage from fans, Hawley and Winter were forced to go on the defense, assuring everyone that nobody was actually getting divorced, but when Castle and Beckett got back together—by taking their relationship on the DL—even that felt forced, unnecessary, and creatively lame. It seemed like Castle’s new showrunners were running with scissors

The show could not survive the negative press: Between Katic’s exit, rumors of bad blood on set, and ratings in the toilet, Castle limped to the season finish line with the kind of bad press that no show could shake. Even if Castle had returned for a ninth season—which was going to be much shorter, anyway, according to rumors—the show would have spent the entire time dealing with the fallout of getting rid of popular main characters. It also would have spent a good chunk of time contending with bad press, which no doubt would have ballooned the moment the show took another dip in ratings. In other words, by pulling the plug on Castle now, ABC saved itself from fighting a battle it was never going to win. Sad as it may sound, it was safer to go out on a low note rather than the absolute bottom of the barrel.

 

 – Article courtesy of nickyswift.com

AE Presents PLatinum Awards to All Genre Artists

AirplayExpress Recently Awarded Platinum Disc Awards To Qualifying Artists in the MusicboXpress Genre 2018 

More of the prestigious Platinum Disc Awards have been awarded to artists who have recently Moved Into the #! position of the AirplayExpress All Genre MusicboXpress Top 20 International download charts.

Sharmila, Mike Contoni, Donny Richmond and Dan Schafer  have all accomplished the task. We at AirplayExpress congratulate them and thank radio and Disc Jockeys worldwide for supporting these artists and in so doing helping them to reach a much sought after #1 position on the AirplayExpress Charts. Thank you all.

Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations if you are not already doing so, please post your playlists on our AirplayExpress Playlist site, it just helps us to compile our charts. We know many are airing our releases but not all are posting their playlists. We also know that time is a factor so we are just appealing to y’all if you have the time, you can be assured that we will appreciate it very much.

To post your playlist click this link thank you http://www.boards2go.com/boards/board.cgi?user=whisnews21

 – WHISNews21 / AirplayExpress

Jeans Reign Supreme Nashville Denim Days Festival

Jeans Reign Supreme at Nashville Denim Days Festival

This Saturday and Sunday Music City will host first-ever Nashville Denim Days Festival

Notable designers, brands and artisans will be on-hand to help attendees learn about the industry via hands-on workshops and demonstrations, indigo art installations, pop-up shops and more. Heralded musician Nikki Lane, a fashionista and denim devotee, will headline the performance stage. She’ll also be selling vintage wares from her beloved store High Class Hillbilly. Cult-followed brand imogene + willie will be in attendance and host a party to commemorate the event. TENCEL ™ branded fibers by Lenzing is the title sponsor of the festival.

“We participated in Denim Days in New York, and I’ve attended Denim Days in Amsterdam before,” says Tricia Carey, TENCEL’s Director of Global Business Development. “We wanted to take on a bigger role in the Denim Days Festival because we wanted to have a stronger connection to the consumer.”

Visitors can expect a visual experience showing how TENCEL™ goes from trees to denim. The goal is to help the consumer understand what the product is and the value behind buying products that incorporate the fibers. For the event, TENCEL™ is creating a festival shop stocked with garments using its fiber. Featured brands include 3X1, Mavi, Reformation, Godfather of Denim and more.

TENCEL™ fibers are produced from sustainably sourced raw wood. The fibers are manufactured using an environmentally responsible production process. Composed of natural material, TENCEL™ fibers are biodegradable and compostable and can fully revert back to nature.

The fibers enhance the aesthetics and functionality of fabrics and can be combined with a wide range of other textile fibers.

“You can make a really soft, sustainable, strong fabric from trees, and you can have it in a variety of different looks,” Carey says. “We really want to show the whole lifestyle behind what TENCEL™ denim represents.”

The Denim Talks Speaker Series will feature Q&As, panels, and lectures geared towards jean aficionados. The schedule includes topics like pursuing a fashion career in Nashville and strategies from social influencers.

Noted author and philanthropist Buddy Teaster will give a lecture on the intersection of social enterprise, poverty, and the fashion industry. Panelist Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, makers of bio-based dyes, will be indigo-dying bandanas for festival-goers. Embroiderer Matt Davidson of Ranger Stitch will be onsite to custom embroider denim for attendees. Atelier & Repairs, a brand built around the idea of transforming the forgotten, is partnering with Belmont University on a T-shirt challenge, asking students to transform $5 t-shirts into garments of their own design.

The winner will receive a mentorship with Atelier & Repairs creator Maurizio Donadi. Effortlessly cool fashion brand Madewell will be on hand to present its “Blue Jeans Go Green” initiative, which allows guests to recycle their old jeans in exchange for $20 towards a new pair of Madewell dungarees.

Nashville Denim Days is a festival for die-hard denim fans, fashionistas, music lovers, and foodies alike. The action-packed, two-day schedule includes an outdoor denim bazaar, pop-up shops, food trucks, festival games, musical entertainment and more.

“It’s a nice atmosphere to talk about how the product is made and the art and craft behind denim,” Carey says.

Mayor Briley will officially sanction November 10 and 11 as Nashville Denim Days. To commemorate the event, the city will paint the town blue by lighting up the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge.

George Strait One Night Only Concert in Atlanta

George Strait Announces One Night Only Concert in Atlanta

For one night only the King of Country will take over Atlanta for a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. On March 30, 2019 George Strait will head to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium to perform for fans. Joining the legendary singer will be CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton, as well as rising stars Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde. The performance will mark Strait’s first show in Atlanta since his Cowboy Rides Away Tour at the State Farm Arena in 2014. It was during that tour that the hitmaker announced his retirement from touring and that he’d only perform for select appearances.

The announcement of Strait’s performance in Atlanta comes hot on the heels of his reveal that he’d be returning to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for two shows in February. Scheduled for February 1 and 2, 2019, the Texas native will take to the stage to perform many of his hits. McBryde is scheduled to open for each of the shows. The Strait to Vegas concert series began with six shows in 2016 and extended with 10 more the following year. He will play his final shows of 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena on December 7 and 8.

Pistol Annies’ Interstate Gospel Reviewed

It has been five long years since the Pistol Annies released new music and Interstate Gospel picks up where 2013’s Annie Up left off. The trio has lived a lot of life since their last project — two weddings, a divorce, a baby and another on the way — and all of this is showcased on the 14-track album.

Pistol Annies’ memorable harmonies are at the forefront of Interstate Gospel as is their honest storytelling. With a unique take on divorce, heartbreak and marriage, the acclaimed trio, made up of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, don’t hold anything back. Much of the album comes from real-life experiences the women have faced, but they’re not revealing to which singer. That, they leave up to their listeners to ponder.

Several tracks featured on the project are about regret, sometimes of marriage and other moments love. On the slowed ballad “Best Years of My Life” the three women sing of settling down into married life too soon. Unhappy, they set aside a day for some recreational drugs, alcohol and reruns. “I was looking forward to / Staying here forever / ‘Cause you asked me to / Didn’t think that I could do better / So I settled down,” Lambert laments on the track.

Each song on the project embodies traditional country elements and hints of bluegrass with acoustic instrumentation, soaring pedal steel, delicate percussion and the occasional electric guitar riff. The bluesy “When I Was His Wife” began the Annies third project as Lambert initially texted Presley and Monroe a verse to the song. Ten minutes later Presley responded with another verse, as did Monroe and the song became one of the album’s most memorable moments. “When you’re blinded by diamonds and driven by lust / Hon, you can’t build a mansion with the pieces all dust / Holy matrimony, best day of your life / I said that too when I was his wife,” they sing on the song, which looks back on the fall of a marriage.

Pistol Annies follow the mourning of marriage on “When I Was His Wife” with the yearning “Cheyenne.” On this moving story song with added piano, fiddle and electric guitar accompaniment, the trio sing of a woman named Cheyenne who’s “fast like a train ” and wanting to embrace love more like she does without getting hurt. “If I could treat love like Cheyenne / If I could be just as cold as the beer in her hand / If I could move men and mountains with a wink and a grin / Oh if I could treat love like Cheyenne,” they sing on the chorus.

The infectious first single “Got My Name Changed Back” picks up the pace and will likely become the most talked about track on the record. The upbeat divorce party song has the three women singing triumphantly of a marriage gone awry alongside memorable guitar picking. “Well I got me an ex that I adored / But he got along good with a couple road whores,” they sing. The ex-wife isn’t sad though. In fact she and her girlfriends celebrate her newfound freedom together at the DMV. “I don’t wanna be a Mrs. on paper no more / I got my name changed back . . . Well how to win when you play the fool / That’s something they don’t teach in school / I played to win, lookin’ back is funny / I broke his heart and I took his money,” they chant in unison.

While the funky, feel-good “Sugar Daddy” brings each woman’s personality to life, “Leavers Lullaby” is a striking country song about loss. With haunting lead vocals from Monroe and soaring horn parts, the song details a woman telling her lover to leave because it’s not worth the time spent to change her.

Album highlight “Milkman” discusses the regret some may have of a life not fully lived while the project’s standout song “Masterpiece” looks back on love gone wrong due to years of being in the public eye. “Baby, we were just a masterpiece / Up there on the wall for all to see . . . We were talked about / Once you’ve been framed / You can’t get out,” Lambert sings at the song’s start. Written in 2015 after her divorce from Blake Shelton, it’s a song of moving on and regret on which Lambert vulnerably sings lead. “Maybe we were just a country song / I’m still doing time / The king is gone / I tried to stand by my man / We were making plans / We were making plans,” she later sings, her voice cracking.

Interstate Gospel combines country, bluegrass and Americana influences alongside honest storytelling and impeccable harmonies. A powerful force, Pistol Annies prove that women have songs that need to be heard and stories that need to be told. While the genre seems to be leaning more and more towards pop production and hip-hop elements as of late, Pistol Annies stand firm in tradition with country instrumentation and witty songs and storytelling that makes the listener stop and think. Three women unafraid to lay it all out in the open, Pistol Annies once again prove why they are one of the genre’s most beloved acts. While fads come and go, Pistol Annies will stay true to their roots–which are firmly planted in the country genre

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