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Shepherd gives Mother's Day present - a song

Thursday, May 5, 2011 – Ashton Shepherd gives a sneak peak of her upcoming album, "Where Country Grows," with an acoustic performance of I'm Just a Woman on YouTube in time for Mother's Day.

The song focuses on the challenges and perspective of females. Shepherd is a working mother - she has a son, James, who is five and is due with her second child in September.

"I wrote that one by myself," Shepherd says. "I opened my diary, and I got to an entry where I was writing about feeling kind of bad, empty and sad. Right after that, I'd written, 'Well, I guess I'm just being a woman.' When I read that, I underlined it.

"The song doesn't bash the man," she said. "It's kind of saying, 'Buddy, I understand you pretty much 99 percent of the time. I need you to understand me, too, sometimes because I know I can be hard to deal with. I need you to work with me, here, because I feel like I work with you.' I think it gives women a lot of credit. I think about our mommas, and it makes me get chill bumps. Because I feel like I've written an anthem for them."

"Where Country Grows" will be released July 12. The debut single, Look It Up, is currently a Top 20 hit.

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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: Lambert smiles, dances the night away – Miranda Lambert didn't perform "Tin Man," one of her best, but also one of her saddest songs during this Wildcard tour stop. It's a song sung from the perspective of one who is sad that she has a heart that can be broken. That's not the current condition of Lambert's heart, though. She's apparently in a good... »»»
Concert Review: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
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