If there's a pedigree for a modern conutry 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 tell the truth."
That truth shines through on her much-anticipated debut album, American Middle Class. 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 look at contemporary rural American life. "Ihave 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.