By Joshua Wallace
The Pistol Annies have returned with a new album after each having successful solo of their own. They have lived a lot since 2013’s Annie Up album and this record shows it. They have also tuned their sound into a more traditional country set-up that is certainly nothing like you hear on mainstream radio these days. We here at Gary Hayes Country have been looking forward to this release since May. Let’s find out if it lives up to our expectations.
I really dig the track “When I Was His Wife” which some can take as Miranda Lambert taking a shot at Blake Shelton, but it is vague enough that it could be applied to anyone’s ex. Another favorite along those lines is the fun track “Got My Name Changed Back”. It’s another track that is vague, but could also be personal. One of the taglines for the record proclaims that the Pistol Annies came unleashed and told a bunch of truth. Any songwriter can bring the truth to their music, it’s the mark of a good songwriter that can turn it into a hit and apply it to the masses.
“Levers Lullaby” is a slower track that takes the typical guy leaving the woman song and turns it around making the song from the woman’s perspective of the situation. “Masterpiece” is a brilliantly written track comparing a relationship to a work of art or an 8 second ride or a good country song. I particularly love the pedal steel on this ballad. You don’t get songs like this on country radio. Finally, I have to props to the title track “Interstate Gospel” and the opener “interstate Prelude”. The prelude pairs perfectly with the title track which is a barn burner sure to fit in alongside Pistol Annies classics like “I Feel A Sin Comin’ On” and “Hell On Heels”.
This new record from the Pistol Annies is exactly what you would expect from these women at this high point in their careers. It takes the great sound and songwriting of the first two albums and just improves on it in every way. They have taken what they have learned from their solo outings and applied it here. This record is a tour de force and one not to be missed. Be sure to pick up this album wherever you buy good music as it came out on November 2nd, 2018.
Favorite Tracks : When I Was His Wife, Got My Name Changed Back, Leavers Lullaby, Commissary, Masterpiece, Interstate Gospel
Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel (2018)
- Interstate Prelude
- Stop Drop and Roll One
- Best Years Of My Life
- 5 Acres Of Turnips
- When I Was His Wife
- Got My Name Changed Back
- Sugar Daddy
- Leavers Lullaby
- Interstate Gospel
- This Too Shall Pass