The View: Pistol Annies Perform “I Hope You’re the End Of My Story”
Making their debut in 2011 with their album Hell On Heels, the Pistol Annies quickly amassed a following, selling more than 400,000 copies. The album had not only popular appeal, but critical appeal as well, sitting at an average of 84/100 on review aggregate site Metacritic. Jessica Phillips of Country Weekly had nothing but good things to say about the “sparse production, unabashedly country lyrics and strong rhythm sections.” The album had one single, “Hell On Heels,” that peaked at number 55 on the billboard.
Following up the success of that may seem like a difficult feat to most, but judging by their performance of their new single on The View, I’m sure that the group can only stand to gain more fans in the country music arena. Performing on a bare stage with minimal lighting or special effects of any kind, the group is clearly not about gimmicks, which acts like Lady Gaga can sometimes get caught up in, distracting people from what matters most – the music. I commend the group for having the courage to focus as much on the craft of songwriting, musical production and lyrics that so many other artists seem lost on nowadays. They probably won’t convert any that are skeptical of country music or just flat-out don’t like it, but it’s definitely hard to deny that these girls have talent. With all these positive traits on their side, I don’t think they’ll be going anywhere anytime soon.
As a surprise at the end of the show, the hosts presented the Pistol Annies with the gold plaque to their debut album, Hell On Heels, which just recently ticked over the 500,000 units sold mark. Congratulations, ladies!