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Jan
19

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Angaleena Presley @ The Louisiana, Bristol, UK | January 17, 2016 – Review

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After a break from live music for about 6 weeks, I had to gear myself up for the first gig of 2016. I was highly anticipating seeing Angaleena given that I was travelling when she came to the UK last July. Fortunately I didn’t have long to wait to see her, given her bigger UK tour this year, ahead of her rumoured appearance at C2C alongside Pistol Annies pals Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. What was particularly refreshing about this concert in The Louisiana, a small pub-venue in the heart of Bristol, was that although most people were probably introduced to Angaleena through the Pistol Annies, they were definitely there to hear her solo material, despite Angaleena’s announcement that she, Miranda and Ashley had just written a bunch of songs for the new Pistol Annies album. Continue reading

Aug
5

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Cambridge Folk Festival 2015 | Day Two – Review

Angaleena wraps up her set with Pain Pills at #cff15

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Written by Esther Harper

Friday at the 51st Cambridge Folk Festival was a real treat for Americana fans. In the middle of the afternoon, Angaleena Presley, accompanied by her band, played the main stage. She opened her set with American Middle Class, the title of her solo album, before segueing into some “hillbilly music” with One Horse Town and Fastest Girl in Town. After three further songs with her band, she played two acoustic numbers, which she explained was how she’d been touring the UK over the past few weeks. If some of the crowd had seemed a little less than enthused by her set thus far, her performance of the yet-unreleased song If You Bless My Heart, I’ll Smack Your Face, was the perfect ice-breaker; the crowd laughed and applauded in approval of her sassy lyrics. Her band then returned to play four more songs, including my personal favourite of hers, Knocked Up. Continue reading

Aug
3

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Angaleena Presley On Her UK Tour, ‘American Middle Class’, The Pistol Annies and SaladGate – Interview

Angaleena Presley and Vickye Fisher backstage in Manchester at the Night & Day Cafe.

Angaleena Presley and Vickye Fisher backstage in Manchester at the Night & Day Cafe.

Angaleena Presley, one third of the Pistol Annies and a critically-acclaimed artist in her own right, arrived in the UK last week for her first tour of the country. Her debut album ‘American Middle Class’ (released in October 2014) painted her as someone unafraid to be brutally honest or tackle serious issues, allowing fans to get to know her outside of her outstanding work with the Annies. I sat down to talk with Angaleena ahead of her show in Manchester (review here) about the album, songwriting, her UK tour, a new Annies record, women on country radio and what’s coming next.

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Jul
31

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 31st July, 2015

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Just when you think Taylor Swift is going to back down from the Country Albums chart, she goes and steals the #1 spot again. Of course it’s ‘Red’ this week, followed by ‘Taylor Swift’ at #4, ‘Fearless’  at #5, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #6 and ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #7, which admittedly is less spots than she usually inhabits. Next up is ‘The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 2’ at #2, the Music City drama continuing to show its popularity with UK listeners as ‘Season 3: Volume 1’ comes in at #10, ‘Season 2, Volume 2’ lands at #12, and ‘Season 2: Volume 1’ follows at #17. And then there are The Shires, whose ‘Brave (Deluxe)’ and ‘Brave’ are charting at #3 and #9 respectively.

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Jul
28

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Angaleena Presley @ Night & Day Café, Manchester, UK | July 27, 2015 – Review

Angaleena Presley at The Borderline, London, UK on July 30th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR.

Angaleena Presley at The Borderline, London, UK on July 30th, 2015. Credit: Amy Westney Photography, taken for FTCR.

Look out for our interview with Angaleena next week

It was a rainy night in Manchester when a crowd of enthusiastic patrons filed into the Night & Day Café on Oldham Street. In the long, rectangular-shaped pub-cum-cafe-cum-music venue, Luke & Mel kicked things off with an impressive and slick support set that saw them integrate originals with covers. From the Pistol Annies to Little Big Town, they interpreted the covers well and had the audience wooping and applauding as they took their bow. Nearly half an hour later, the night’s main entertainment had arrived in the form of one woman on stage, proving to Music Row that yes, solo females are still a mighty draw.

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Dec
5

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The 2nd Annual FTCR Awards… Nominations – Vote for your favorite!

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Hey guys! It’s that time of year again, and it’s time for the second annual For The Country Record Awards! It was a huge success last year, so I thought we’d do it again this year with the addition of a third category – such excitement! As with last year, I rounded up some of the FTCR writers and a couple of industry friends to create a panel of voters – each person gave me their top 10 for Album, Song and Artist of the Year, running from November 1st, 2013 until October 31st, 2014 (seeing as we vote in November each year). I then cross-referenced their picks and we came up with a shortlist of the most voted. Now it’s your turn! You have two weeks (deadline December 19) to vote in the polls below for who you think should win. This is incredibly prestigious as the winners get a cyber high five of awesomeness (who wouldn’t want that?!) and make a cyber cake (yum).

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Nov
18

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Kacey and Angaleena’s Moment To Remember: Loretta Lynn’s Lifetime Achievement Award To Be Shown 11/22 On Austin City Limits

Kacey Musgraves & Angaleena Presley Present Loretta Lynn’s Lifetime Achievement Award For Songwriting At The Americana Music Awards

Kacey Musgraves and Angaleena Presley had been standing onstage at the Ryman Auditorium for just a few minutes when Musgraves seemed to go off script.

“The truth is, we might both cry giving out this award,” she admitted, her voice starting to crack.

The occasion was presenting the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award For Songwriting to Loretta Lynn during the 13th Annual Americana Music Awards. This week we get to see it as part of one-hour program airing on PBS’ Austin City Limits November 22.

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Oct
16

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Angaleena Presley ‘American Middle Class’ – Album Review

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Angaleena Presley was the last member of critically-acclaimed female power trio Pistol Annies to release a record off her own back. Ashley Monroe put out ‘Like A Rose’ last year and truly stood on her own two feet just as the group was running out of steam (the official story is that all three became too busy to go on tour, write or record as a group). It’s been a while since their hiatus in June 2013, but finally Angaleena has released her long-awaited debut album ‘American Middle Class’, a 12-track collection of brand new songs that showcase her blunt approach to real American life.

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