Angaleena Presley has a lot on her mind. There is her proud Kentucky heritage to start with, followed by her embrace of country traditionalism but with an ear open for most any style that might compliment songs. Then there is the matter of her place in the country music mainstream.
The Martin County native got an initial taste of mainstream status as one-third of the hit trio Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, a collaboration that topped the charts before Presley had released a record of her own.
But as she geared up for Friday’s indie release of her sophomore album, “Wrangled,” which she will celebrate with a performance Friday night at Willie’s. Locally Known, the singer-songwriter found herself distanced from an industry consumed by the bro-country status of acts like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line. Her answer, in promoting the record, was to not pitch it to country radio at all.
'SOMETIMES IT’S JUST EASIER TO EXPRESS MYSELF IN A SONG THAN IT IS TO GO OFF ON SOMEBODY.'