Miranda Lambert is undeniably one of the hottest female solo acts in country music right now, with a string of hit singles and awards and a current hit album in 'Four the Record.' But she's still committed to making time to work with Pistol Annies, the trio she formed with Ashley Monroe and Angeleena Presley. In a new interview, the spitfire country star says working with the group means she doesn't have to always be at the center of every song -- and she likes that.

“I love sharing the stage with my two talented, lovely friends, Ashley and Angaleena. It takes some of the pressure off me!" Lambert tells Lancaster Online (quote via Country Music Is Love). "They are amazing singer-songwriters, and when we get together, we always have a good time and create pretty original art. Our songs express things that most women think but just won’t say. It’s kind of a different vibe from my solo music, so it is great being able to be adventurous and to get Ashley and Angaleena’s voices heard.”

The trio's first album, 'Hell on Heels,' came out in 2011, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Lambert says they have been writing for a follow-up ever since, "and we really kicked it into high gear this past fall.”

She is currently on the road for the Locked and Reloaded Tour with Dierks Bentley, but the 'Mama's Broken Heart' singer promises Pistol Annies fans that new music is coming soon: “[We] just finished recording our second album, so definitely look for it in 2013.”