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Ashton Shepherd show airs on GAC

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – Ashton Shepherd has lived life in two very different worlds - small town Alabama and the life of a touring artist - and she'd like to keep it that way.

Fans can get a glimpse of both on "Ashton Shepherd - Where Country Grows," premiering Monday, Sept. 19, 9 p.m. eastern on Great American Country (GAC). The special takes a look at Shepherd's new music and debuts the music video for Where Country Grows, the title track of her second album and her current single.

Leroy, Ala., has a population of less than 1,000 people but it's where Shepherd feels most at home. "My life in Leroy is of course very different from the Nashville scene," she said. "It's very country and very laid back."

"Being a country music star was very dream like; coming from such a rural area where everybody had their ideas of what they wanted to do when they grew up. I tried to learn what I should do, and I was a little scared of having a record deal," she said.

A self-financed three-song demo eventually fell into the hands of Universal Music chief Luke Lewis who offered her a recording contract.

"It's still surreal when you hear her on the radio or see her on the Internet," said Shepherd's sister, Tara. "You can type her name in Google and there she is, but to me, she's just sis."

Viewers will see family photos and videos that date back to Shepherd's first talent contest at age eight and a half when she performed two Patsy Cline songs and received her first standing ovation.

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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: 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... »»»
Concert Review: Josh Abbott Band supplies antidote – Shortly after the Josh Abbott Band finished its open song, "The Night is Ours," band leader Abbott proclaimed, "That's our theme song this year." Presumably Abbott was referring to the playing music and having a good time because if he was referring to the lines "Life is good, love is great/Friends are there, and the... »»»
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