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Monroe announces new CD

Friday, February 23, 2018 – Ashley Monroe will release her fourth album, "Sparrow," on April 20 on Warner Music Nashville, she announced today.

The album was recorded with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville's RCA Studio A. Monroe released the song Hands on You today.

After releasing her Grammy-nominated LP "The Blade" in 2015, Monroe started writing songs that realized themselves in unexpected ways - nudged loose after working through trauma and turmoil from her childhood. "I was unpacking a lot of stuff," she said. "I was singing and identifying what it's like to be left. No one told me what I should do, back then, when the world started to crumble."

After losing her father when she was young, Monroe and her mother grappled with the challenging experience of learning their new roles in his absence. Through the songs of "Sparrow," Monroe and Cobb turned these experiences into moody, orchestral recordings that explore her reactions.

Working with Brendan Benson and Waylon Payne, Monroe recorded and wrote many songs on "Sparrow" while she was pregnant with her first child. "I felt powerful," said Monroe, who also is a member of Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. "I wasn't puffing, I wasn't drinking wine, I was just singing."

"I knew I wanted to work with Dave," Monroe said. "All of his records are consistently awesome and classic, timeless, old and new all in one."

"Country music is a wide genre, and that's okay," Monroe said. "I don't even know what genre this record is, but I know it's me."

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The Blade CD review - The Blade
Ashley Monroe gains more acclaim for other projects than she does for her own solo efforts. Monroe is one third of side group Pistol Annies. She sang with Blake Shelton on his hit "Lonely Tonight." She received praise for her first proper solo album (her ill-fated Satisfied" was released three years after its completion by her former label, Sony), "Like a Rose," in 2013, although that was a release that stood on the strength of the songs because three singles produced zero hits. »»»
Like A Rose CD review - Like A Rose
From the time the needle lands on the first groove of this album, with its plucky guitar and whirling accordion, until the raucous nod-and-a-wink of the roaring honky-tonk call-and-response of the final song, You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter), Ashley Monroe's pure country voice, reminiscent of Elizabeth Cook and Dolly Parton, grabs you. Gilded in soft beauty of Vince Gill's and Michael Rhodes' thumping guitars and Paul Franklin's luscious steel licks, the »»»
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: Lowe stands the test of time – The enduringly cool and dapper Nick Lowe spelled it out for the fans three songs in. One of music's finest popsters (among a number of other more roots-oriented other genres), Lowe said he and his backing band, Los Straitjackets, would dish out "golden oldies you might want to hear, some deep cut grooves, some covers and a few new ones.... »»»
Concert Review: Rich, Anderson, Denning pull it – Three diverse artists performing under the country rubric, who are trying to gain a foothold in the field, joined forces for a good old-fashioned guitar pull. And that may have been the best way for Tyler Rich, Abby Anderson and Travis Denning to showcase their wares. Rich has enjoyed the most commercial success of the three with his single "The... »»»
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