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Pistol Annies Get Praise From Neil Young

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The Pistol Annies have already earned a chart-topping debut album, and their single ‘Hell on Heels’ went gold, selling over 500,000 copies. Now, Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe are on a natural high after getting some top praise from Neil Young in his recently released book, Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream.

Presley posted an exclusive excerpt from the book on her Twitter page, highlighting a passage in which Young applauds the all-female trio’s songwriting skills and talks up their song ‘Takin’ Pills’ in a very down-to-earth fashion:

I have been clean now for seven months. That is a good long time. I still feel cravings. Maybe I’d like a beer, maybe a joint. I heard the Pistol Annies sing about reasons they’re broke and so who would invest in their future? One’s drinkin’, one’s smokin’, one’s taking pills. Well they are writing their a–es off, I know that. I haven’t written a song in more than half a year, and that is different for me. Of course, I’ve written over 90,000 words in this book, and that is different for me, too.

Presley returned the words of admiration via Twitter, gushing to Young, “You are one of the greats who taught me how to ‘write my a– off.’ I kindly and humbly thank you.” She also shared a tangible example of Young’s influence on her musical upbringing. “Uncle Bobby used to sit on Mamaw’s porch and perform ‘Harvest’ in its entirety (every song & lick) I listened and learned,” she revealed.

The Annies also hit shared a virtual thank you from all three of them. “Thank You @neilyoung for publicly appreciating our lyrics,” they wrote. “We about peed our pants when we read your compliment. Your art inspires our art.”

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