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New Ashton Shepherd song out Tuesday

Monday, January 3, 2011 – Ashton Shepherd's first single from her upcoming sophomore CD will be out Tuesday.

According to Mediabase, Look It Up is the second most-added song this week at country radio and the song debuted at 55 today on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

"Look It Up is a song about somebody who is officially done with something to the point that they are really over it," Shepherd said. "It's almost like they aren't that mad anymore, just ready to be through with it, just done. 'Done' is a good word.

"People are having so much fun with it," she said. "They are embracing the thought of somebody being in that place in their life that the song is describing, which I think is wonderful. Everybody's reactions have been very positive, and they're laughing and clapping their hands and just tickled over it. I'm just left smiling after singing it because people are grabbing a hold of it."

"This song is a real-people song. People go through it every day and people want to be over it. Even the people that aren't over it and are still clinging to something, this is the song they need to hear to lighten their minds."

The lyrics, co-written by Angaleena Presley and Robert Ellis Orrall, include, "The word is 'faithful' - look it up/ It don't mean sneakin' around behind my back like you ain't getting' enough/How 'bout 'forever' - just look it up/ It means through thick and thin, and pitchin' in, even when the times get tough."

"Everybody in the studio just erupted when they first heard Look it Up," she said. "The band members especially were like, 'What a great song.' It turned out to be one of the most fun songs I've ever recorded. I'm really excited about it. It's been very fun and surprising all along to watch people's reaction to it."

Shepherd returns to the studio to finish recording the CD this month, a follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut project, "Sounds So Good."

"This is 'Ashton Shepherd collides twicefold with Nashville,'" she said. "On the first record, one of the critics said, 'What a great way to marry her voice into Nashville production.' This is the same kind of thing on the second record, but this record is the perfect next step.

"The first record was fun and I was proud to be a writer on so many of those songs," she said. "But all of a sudden, I am looking at this record and going, 'Wow. Look at the awesome songwriters on here -Bobby Pinson, Troy Jones, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Robert Ellis Orrall. I've still got 3 100-percent songs on there. It's a special mixture."

"It's a dream come true for me. It's like watching a different kind of child grow. You're watching it grow and you don't know exactly what it's going to do, but you have these great feelings about it and you can see it starting to move. It feels really positive."

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Look It Up CD review - Look It Up
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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: The Strumbellas master its formula – The Strumbellas' formula is a simple one - write an anthemic sounding sing-a-long with a catchy chorus, which you can repeat ad nauseum to greater and greater effect. That may sound like a quick and easy checklist, but the Canadian (well except for one lone American) band has mastered the formula quite well. In a sold-out concert, it translated... »»»
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