Though Angaleena Presley continues to impress the country music community in Nashville, not as many fans know her as well as her Pistol Annies counterparts. But by the time her new album Wrangled drops, all that should change.
Presley forms one third of country music trio Pistol Annies, alongside Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. And it looks like both of them appear on Wrangled.
Other exciting performances include collaborations with Morgane Stapleton, Wanda Jackson and Yelawolf. Presley also co-wrote with the likes of Chris Stapleton and the late, great Guy Clark. In fact, Presley performed the song she wrote with Clark at the Guy Clark tribute at the Ryman Auditorium last year.
Presley says Wrangled goes places many artists don’t want to. “Wrangled is an explicitly forthright journey through my experience in the business of country music,” Presley says. “I tried to tackle uncomfortable realities like the discrimination against female artists at the height of bro-country, the high school mentality of Music Row and the pain that’s just beneath the surface of the road to stardom.”
For Presley, that’s been a particularly long road. Though she obviously has friends in high places, Presley’s talents seem to play second fiddle in the finicky country music world.
She released two albums with Pistol Annies, and then in 2014 released her solo record. Titled American Middle Class, the album peaked at No. 29 on the albums chart (and 14 on the Heatseekers chart). Her clever work with the pen and modern outlaw take certainly found friends among critics, too. The record received consistently high praise.
And now, she’s ready for more. Sophomore follow-up Wrangled features twelve tracks co-written and performed with some of Music City’s best. Presley also co-produced the album alongside Oran Thornton, who works with artists like Eric Church, Eli Young Band and Stoney LaRue.
Wrangled drops April 21.
Angaleena Presley’s Wrangled Track Listing:
1. “Dreams Don’t Come True” (Angaleena Presley, Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe)
2. “High School” (Angaleena Presley, Ivy Walker, Sophie Walker)
3. “Only Blood” feat. Morgane Stapleton (Angaleena Presley, Chris Stapleton)
4. “Country” Feat. Yelawolf (Angaleena Presley, Michael Wayne Atha)
5. “Wrangled” (Angaleena Presley)
6. “Bless My Heart” (Angaleena Presley)
7. “Outlaw” (Angaleena Presley)
8. “Mama I Tried” (Angaleena Presley, Oran Thornton)
9. “Cheer Up Little Darling” (Angaleena Presley, Guy Clark)
10. “Groundswell” (Angaleena Presley, Ian Fitchuk)
11. “Good Girl Down” (Angaleena Presley, Wanda Jackson, Vanessa Olavarez)
12. “Motel Bible” (Angaleena Presley, Oran Thornton, Trevor Thornton)