Ashton Shepherd, Lady Antebellum play Good Morning America
Monday, April 7, 2008
– Ashton Shepherd and Lady Antebellum will appear on Good Morning
America's spring concert series on April 21.
MCA recording artist Ashton Shepherd started writing songs when she was only five years old. Now, at 21, Shepherd just released her debut, "Sounds So Good," last month." She wrote 11 of the 12 songs.
Shepherd will play the Grand Ole Opry April 26 and open shows for Sugarland, Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts.
Capitol Records Nashville trio Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut album drops April 15. The trio's debut single "Love Don't Live
Here" is currently 14 on R&R and 12 on Mediabase. They were just
recently nominated for the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Group" -
their first major award nomination. The band, just
coming off Martina McBride's Waking Up Laughing tour, will hit the road
again this spring opening for artists such as Kenny Chesney, Taylor
Swift, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood.
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This is America
Ashton Shepherd's traditional approach to country music garnered her three top 25 songs from her two MCA albums, but now she's out on her own. She is not the singer that Music City would not know what to do with. Shepherd hasn't changed all that much as she hews to a traditional country bent with her twangy, Southern drawl singing and instrumentation.
Shepherd has no one but herself to "blame" as she wrote nine of the 10 songs (one assumes that she also penned the »»»
Where Country Grows
A voice as robust and nuanced as Ashton Shepherd's brings to mind the old she could sing the phone book joke - only in this case, it would have to be a listing for a small town down a country road, with entries for Southern staples such as Jones' General Store and Billy Bob's Honky Tonk. Those rural places and faces are exactly what Shepherd's new album "Where Country Grows" is built around, its songs every bit as down to earth as its title suggests. »»»
Look It Up
Ashton Shepherd showed a lot of promise on her debut, "Sounds So Good" and the single Takin' Off This Pain from 2008, but somehow nothing quite took off from the CD, and her career seemed stalled. This four-song EP revives it and a teaser of what's to come from a full-length slated for later this year.
Shepherd sounds a bit too mannered, overemphasizing words as if she's trying a tad too hard (the kiss-off single Look It Up). She's a fine singer, as she was on her »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part
Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
Concert Review: Finally back, Kodaline brings the optimism
Kodaline may have taken a long layoff in playing Beantown - a good 3 1/2 years - but in this fickle musical world, that did not mean their fans abandoned them for a brand new thing. In fact, the venue sold out weeks ago. No surprise because, once again, the Irish rock band admirably combined old and new.
Kodaline was a bit of a musical potpourri of... »»»
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