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Ashton Shepherd look for July release of CD

Friday, April 15, 2011 – Ashton Shepherd is set to release her sophomore disc, "Where Country Grows," on July 12 via MCA Nashville.

Look It Up, the album's debut single and the first song she recorded for this project, has become the fastest-rising hit of her career and currently sits at 21 on the Billboard country singles chart. Shepherd released an EP in March in anticipation of the full-length.

The new disc is follow-up to her 2008 debut, "Sounds So Good." She wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 10 songs on the new album, which was produced by Buddy Cannon. "I felt like I had a basic plan for this record," she said. "You've got your first record behind you; you've learned some things. Your sophomore record - I heard from all these people - is supposed to be different. It's supposed to be another factor and define you a little more. I'm thinking, 'How am I going to do this?'"

Shepherd wrote songs with Dean Dillon, Dale Dodson, Bobby Pinson and Troy Jones. "I was just a little scared of it, since I'd never co-written before," Shepherd said. "Once I started, I really, really enjoyed it. I felt like we had plenty of songs to choose from. So the angle on this record was trying to define Ashton Shepherd in a different way, maybe dig just a little bit deeper and try and put some different kinds of songs on it.

"I was listening back to the record, thinking, 'This has something for everybody on it.' I think we've accomplished that," said Shepherd, who wrote two songs alone, I'm Just a Woman and Rory's Radio.

"This record is more tempo-heavy. The first record was very country with all the ballads," she said. "It made it kind of hard to do live shows, because you had 11 songs and 6 of them were ballads. Now, we've got a good little handful of spunky songs that I think people will really like to sing along with and enjoy on this record."

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This is America CD review - 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 CD review - 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 CD review - 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: Despite small crowd, Hood accomplishes mission – It would have been quite easy to think that Adam Hood would have mailed in this gig. It could not have been easy to make your debut in the Boston area after putting out seven albums, not to mention having songs picked by A list artists, and having maybe 25 people show up. If the Alabama native was dissuaded by the small crowd, he did not show it.... »»»
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