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Angaleena Presley Tackles Social and Political Themes On No-Holds-Barred 'Wrangled' April 21
Album Features Songs Co-Written With Chris Stapleton,
Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, Wanda Jackson and Guy Clark
Angaleena Presley follows her critically acclaimed 2015 debut, American Middle Class, with the 12-track Wrangled, April 21 on Mining Light/Thirty Tigers. Angaleena’s “ambitious and riveting” songwriting
(Wall Street Journal) punches through each of the
co-written tracks. Once again she took a lead chair at the studio’s
board, co-producing with Oran Thornton (Eric Church, David Nail) and
recording close to home at famed “Ronnie’s Place” in Nashville.
"Wrangled is an explicitly forthright journey through my
experience in the business of Country Music. I tried to tackle
uncomfortable realities like the discrimination against female artists
at the height of Bro-Country, the high school mentality of Music Row and
the pain that's just beneath the surface of the road to stardom,” says
“Covered in elbow grease and sacrifice, I set out to shed the skin
of my ‘dream’ Nashville by painting a musical picture of loss,
surrender, resurrection, redemption, and connection with real people who
make and support honest music."
One of the album’s many highlights is “Cheer Up Little Darling" —
which Angaleena co-wrote with her dear friend Guy Clark. This is the
last song completed by Guy before his death and features Shawn Camp
playing Guy's No. 10 guitar, which was used to write the song with Guy,
and Guy's mandola, which he had been learning to play during the last
year of his life.
Another spotlight track is “Dreams Don’t Come True,” written with Pistol Annie sisters, Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe.
“Only Blood” was written with fellow East Kentuckian, Chris
Stapleton and features Morgane Stapleton’s unmistakable vocals, while
“Good Girl Down” yielded unforgettable moments with the legendary Wanda
This album echoes The New York Times' description of
Angaleena: “Ms. Presley has her identity locked tight.” And boldly
reflects her signature “gutsy songwriting and potent narratives”
(Associated Press) that make her artistry “remarkable” (NPR).
Angaleena will debut many of these new songs on the road, including
during the Cayamo Cruise, Feb. 19-26, and will announce tour dates for
the Spring and Summer in coming weeks.
The Wrangled track listing is below, with songwriters in parenthesis.
1. Dreams Don’t Come True (Angaleena Presley, Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe)
2. High School (Angaleena Presley, Ivy Walker, Sophie Walker)
3. Only Blood (Featuring Morgane Stapleton) / (Angaleena Presley, Chris Stapleton )
4. Country (Featuring Yelawolf) / (Angaleena Presley, Michael Wayne Atha)
5. Wrangled (Angaleena Presley)
6. Bless My Heart (Angaleena Presley)
7. Outlaw (Angaleena Presley)
8. Mama I Tried (Angaleena Presley, Oran Thornton)
9. Cheer Up Little Darling (Angaleena Presley, Guy Clark)
10. Groundswell (Angaleena Presley, Ian Fitchuk)
11. Good Girl Down (Angaleena Presley, Wanda Jackson, Vanessa Olavarez)
12. Motel Bible (Angaleena Presley, Oran Thornton, Trevor Thornton)