Angaleena Presley just announced the release date for her second solo album, Wrangled. The 12-track effort drops April 21, and marks her first solo project since 2014’s American Middle Class.
An accomplished songwriter in her own right, Presley co-wrote all 12 tracks on Wrangled. But none is perhaps more buzzworthy than her song with Guy Clark. The song titled “Cheer Up Little Darling” is the last tune Clark finished before passing away in 2016.
To add to the gravity of the situation, Shawn Camp plays Guy’s No. 10 guitar on the song as well as his mandola. Clark used the guitar to write this and many other songs. Camp is a longtime friend, producer and collaborator of Clark’s.
Presley played the song at the Ryman Auditorium during the celebration of Guy Clark’s life a few months back in 2016. His presence certainly makes itself known in the stellar tune.
If you don’t know Angaleena Presley from her solo career, you likely know her from her band Pistol Annies. Along with Presley, Pistol Annies features Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. The trio often writes together, just further proof of Presley’s stellar skills with a pen.
Her first effort released by Slate Creek Records saw moderate success and featured tunes with writers like Lori McKenna and Matraca Berg. However, it looks like Presley made a bit of a change for 2017’s release, opting to release the album through Thirty Tigers.
The independent label services company out of Nashville made a big splash over the past several years, helping artists like Sturgill Simpson and Aaron Watson crack the mainstream glass ceiling.
A coal miner’s daughter, Presley grew up in rural Kentucky. She moved to Nashville in 2000 before eventually securing a publishing deal and striking up a friendship with Monroe. Her work with the Pistol Annies landed Presley her first gold record in 2011.