Angeleena Presley

Shipping & Receiving and Afallon Productions presents

Angeleena Presley

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$16 - $140

Angeleena Presley
If there's a pedigree for a modern country music star, then
Angaleena Presley fits all of the criteria: a coal miner's
daughter; native of Beauty, Kentucky; a direct descendent of
the original feuding McCoys; a one-time single mother; a
graduate of both the school of hard knocks and college; a
former cashier at both Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie. Perhaps best
of all the member of Platinum-selling Pistol Annies (with
Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe) says she "doesn't know
how to not tell the truth."
That truth shines through on her much-anticipated debut
album, American Middle Class, which she co-produced with
Jordan Powell. Yet this is not only the kind of truth that
country music has always been known for—American Middle
Class takes it a step further by not only being a revealing
memoir of Presley's colorful experiences but also a powerful
at contemporary rural American life. "I have lived every
minute on this record. My mama ain't none too happy about
me spreading my business around but I have to do it," Presley
says. "It's the experience of my life from birth to now."
Yet the specificity of the album's twelve gems only makes it
more universal. While zooming in on the details of her own
life, Presley exposes themes to which everyone can relate.
The album explores everything from a terrible economy to
unexpected pregnancies to drug abuse in tightly written songs
that transcend the specific and become tales of our shared
experiences. "I think a good song is one where people listen to
a very personal story and think 'That's my story, too,'" Presley
says.Mission accomplished.
She has created a hugely resonant album, one that is
simultaneously a completely new sound and also deeply
entrenched in the beloved traditions of country music, much
like Presley herself. Her early life in the mountains was one
that taught her to respect her heritage while being invested in
the future at the same time. Her parents made sure she knew
Carole King and Janis Joplin as well as Ralph Stanley, Merle
Haggard, and Bill Monroe. She studied the melodies and lyrics
of Indigo Girls yet sometimes skipped school so she could drive
over to Loretta Lynn's home at Butcher Holler to seek
Presley grew up in a place where the lush mountains and
dignity of the people were juxtaposed against a spreading
prescription pill problem and rampant unemployment. She
doesn't hold back from exploring these tough issues while also
managing to have a rollicking time on the record, often
combining the harder subjects with a more driving and joyous
delivery but without ever sacrificing the seriousness of the
topics she is cutting wide open.
Before creating this solo effort Presley meticulously crafted her
own sound for years. "I have paid my dues. I've been through
the grind, and so many people have told me no. But I kept on
making music. I had to," Presley says. "I never would
compromise because I couldn't. Part of the waiting has been
my own unwillingness to follow the formula but now I feel like
the formula has caught up with me. Maybe I was just ahead of
my time."
That particular sound is one that is equal parts tradition and
originality on a concept album in the tradition of Willie
Nelson's Red Headed Stranger or Springsteen's Tunnel of Love,
albums that tell a succinct and powerful story through a signature sound and masterful songwriting of true artists.
Presley knows how to have a big time but she is also fiercely
dedicated to her music, keenly intelligent, and determined to
tell her own truth.
Presley wrote five of the twelve songs by herself and her cowriters
are a virtual Who's-Who of the best songwriters in the
business: Mark D. Sanders, Matraca Berg, Lori McKenna, Sarah
Siskind, Bob Dipero, Barry Dean, and Luke Laird. She credits
her co-producer, Jordan Powell, with assembling an enviable
cast of pickers on a record that allows room for the
instrumentalists to shine. Among them are Keith Gattis (who's
acoustic solo on "Life of the Party" offers a standout moment)
and Audley Freed on guitars, mandolins, and dobros; Josh
Grange on a beautifully grieving pedal steel; mandolins, and
dobros; Fred Elrtingham keeps things rocking along on drums;
Grammy winner Glenn Worff and Motown-influenced Aden
Bubeck on bass (with both upright and electric bass adding
sizzle to "Knocked Up"), David Henry on haunting cello and
strings; and John Henry Trinko driving it all home with a
wonderful job on organ and piano. To cap it all off, there are
also amazing harmony vocals from standouts such as Patty
Loveless, Chris Stapleton, Angie Primm, Keith Gattis, Kelly
Archer, Sarah Siskind, Gale Mayes and Emily Saliers (Indigo
The honesty, the aching delivery, the picking, the beautifully
crafted songs—they all come together to form an album that
has been awaited with bated breath by fans and the industry
alike and does not disappoint, announcing a bonafide country
music star who doesn't just have the pedigree, she also has the
magic in her to transform and move her listeners.
"In this fast-paced day and age, it's so hard for us to slow down
and live in the moment," Presley says. "I just hope my songs
can be three minutes for a person to experience something in
the moment, to connect, and to feel something, whether that be tragedy or joy or something in between. I want to tell the
That truth is something that listeners know when they hear it.
It's the solid truth of someone like Presley, who doesn't just
talk the talk but has walked the walk and knows what she's
talking about. That's real country music and with American
Middle Class Angaleena Presley emerges as the clear, fierce,
and joyous voice of her generation.
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