Monroe releases cover, song list
Monday, March 5, 2018
– Ashley Monroe unveiled the track list and cover for her fourth disc, "Sparrow," dropping April 20.
The album was recorded with producer Dave Cobb in Nashville's RCA Studio A. The cover shows a profile of Monroe looking to the right.
Monroe had a hand in writing all 12 songs with the likes of Brendan Benson, Waylon Payne, soulful singer Anderson East and Angaleena Presley, Monroe recorded the album while she was pregnant with her first child. "I felt powerful," she said. "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." Together, they shared their favorite records and music moments, like early Elton John LPs and Glenn Campbell's 'Wichita Lineman,' molding 'Sparrow' into its own unique sonic space. "Country music is a wide genre, and that's okay I don't even know what genre this record is, but I know it's me."
Songs on the CD are:
1. "Orphan" (Ashley Monroe, Gordie Sampson, Paul Moak)
2. "Hard On A Heart" (Ashley Monroe, Blu Sanders, Paul Moak)
3. "Hands On You" (Ashley Monroe, Jon Randall)
4. "Mother's Daughter" (Ashley Monroe, Brendan Benson, Ryan Beaver)
5. "Rita" (Ashley Monroe, Nicole Galyon, Paul Moak)
6. "Wild Love" (Ashley Monroe, Waylon Payne, Brendan Benson)
7. "This Heaven" (Anderson East, Ashley Monroe, Aaron Raitiere)
8. "I'm Trying To" (Ashley Monroe, Kassi Ashton, Jon Randall)
9. "She Wakes Me Up (Rescue Me)" (Ashley Monroe, Waylon Payne, Paul Moak)
10. "Paying Attention" (Ashley Monroe, Waylon Payne, Brendan Benson)
11. "Daddy I Told You" (Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, Josh O'Keefe)
12. "Keys To The Kingdom" (Ashley Monroe, Waylon Payne)
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