The Pistol Annies are celebrating a huge milestone. Their debut album Hell on Heels turned 10 years old on August 23. On that day, the band made an announcement on their official Twitter page. They said, “Today marks the 10-year ANNIEversary of releasing our debut album Hell on Heels. We have something we’ve never done before cookin’ for y’all before the end of the year, but in the meantime, we’re spending the next 10 days strutting down memory lane looking back at our fave moments.”
Yesterday, the Pistol Annies made good on that promise. They strutted all the way back to the very beginning. The tweet included a photo of Miranda Lambert, Angeleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe holding their newly-inked recording contracts. All of the ladies are wearing huge smiles. It is as if they know that they have a killer recording career ahead of them.
They explained the significance of the photo in the tweet as well. “This is from the day we signed out record deal and officially became a band.” As far as walks down memory lane go, this is a wonderful moment to highlight. The Annies’ post goes on to say, “10 years, 3 albums, and a lot of life later, we’re still here today.” They closed the caption by thanking their fans for taking the journey with them.
Looking Back at the Pistol Annies
The Pistol Annies came together naturally. Ashley Monroe talked about it in a 2011 interview with BMI.
About the Annies’ beginnings, she said, “When we started co-writing, the songs naturally ended up being about rowdy outlaw women who stand up for themselves. Because there’s a lot of women like that in America,” she added, “we had no problem writing real-life songs.”
The Pistol Annies’ catalog is full of songs about rowdy women. It’s not hard to find them, either. In fact, the title track and first single from their debut release, Hell on Heels fits that bill perfectly. However, as time went on and life changed, they continued writing songs straight from their lives.
For instance, the song, “Got My Name Changed Back,” discusses Miranda Lambert’s drawn-out divorce from The Voice coach Blake Shelton. In the Lambert-penned tune, she sings about spending time in courtrooms and getting her name changed. However, she also discusses what led to her divorce. In fact, she has some choice words for her ex-husband. Check out the song below.
The song doesn’t feature a chorus. However, each verse contains a variation of the same celebratory tag.
“Got my name changed back. / I got my name changed back. / Now who I was ain’t who I be. / I got my name changed back.”