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Miranda Lambert recently told The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville how her Pistol Annies girl-group is doing just fine without even having songs on the radio. "We're really trying to build what we've got, and we're getting somewhere with really no radio support. Hopefully, on our next record, we will [have a successful single] and we'll ... get our band off the ground," she said, adding that the band "could make an album tomorrow" because they have so many songs. And then her bandmate Angaleena Presley opened up to the Nashville Scene and got into more specifics on why the group's music is so darn good. And these are my favorites of her specifics:
"Love ain't pretty."
"I think people latch on to our honesty."
"Thank God for Miranda Lambert, because she has blazed the trail for our kind of music."
"[Loretta Lynn]'s kind of like my end-all-be-all."
"I'm either making you cry or making you fall out laughing."
"Every day I wake up and say, 'Thank you, Lord. Thank you for letting this be my job.'"
"If Waylon [Jennings] were alive, I hope that he would love our record and want to come sing on it."
"It's sad what happened to [the Dixie Chicks]. I don't know. It's a weird thing in country music."
"At the end of the day, we might be on the big stage, but we're all just three country girls who have stories to tell."
"There's a song on our record, 'Housewife's Prayer.' That was me sitting on the couch, thinking about burning my house down."