Welcome to our new festive feature where the Belles and Gals team get together to bring you the highlights of their year. Today Shannon Hynes (twitter.com/s_hynesmusic) speaks about what she considers the most pivotal album release of 2018!
My favourite female country highlight of 2018 is too hard of a decision to make and I could literally write a 10,000 word essay on everything that has happened this year, slowly but surely the women are breaking through and we’re certainly not going to stop fighting. When I really sat down to think about this, one thing kept popping up time and time again, and it has just got to be the release of ‘Interstate Gospel’ by Pistol Annies. I genuinely think the three women that make up the Annies, Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, are three of the best songwriters in music as a whole. This album only cements that status more. Since the last album, these women have been through so much individually, as we all know, and this album presents their maturity and growth in the last 5 years. ‘Interstate Gospel’ is full of songs that you can only call masterpieces, harmonies that are always followed by goosebumps and 3 women that are doing everything they can for women in country music and full on girl power. If you haven’t listened to this phenomena yet, please just go and have a listen and end your year with my highlight, trust me, you won’t regret it. If you have to, listen to a Christmas song after!