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Ashley Monroe, sometimes known as "Hippie Annie" from the Pistol Annies, gave a preview of her upcoming album, Like a Rose, at an industry function in icy, frigid Nashville last night (Jan. 14). Vince Gill, who produced the collection of songs, was also on hand to discuss the recording.
The forthcoming collection is country as grits, bathed in steel guitar, fiddle and Ashley's East Tennessee twang. And at 27 minutes long, it's an easy listen that will leave you wanting more. The rollicking track, "Two Weeks Late," tackles small town gossip, and the semi-autobiographical title track (co-written with Guy Clark and Jon Randall Stewart) lays out some of the details of Ashley's rough teenage years. In "Used," she notes that our experiences both good and bad make us more valuable to our future mates. Then there's "Weed Instead of Roses," and you can use your imagination on that one.
Ashley and Vince came together for the project as mutual fans, and Vince insisted that he tried not to interfere too much with Ashley's sound. "I was crazy about Ashley's voice," said Vince. "I'm just flattered that she was kind enough to call me. In listening to her as a fan, what I tried to do was capture what she does best."
Like a Rose will be available March 5. Look for a feature story with Ashley in the Feb. 18 issue of Country Weekly on stands Feb. 11, and check out "Like a Rose" in the player at left.