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Ashley Monroe has been a country star waiting to happen for some years now. Like a Rose—her first solo release since her stint with The Pistol Annies—deserves to be her breakthrough. Cowriting with such stellar tunesmiths as Guy Clark, Lori McKenna, and producer Vince Gill, Monroe delivers a batch of songs notable for sharp wit and honest emotion. There are echoes of Loretta Lynn’s honky-tonk feminism and Emmylou Harris' bittersweet grace. Monroe uses her winsome, pure-toned vocals for powerful statements about life, loss, and survival. Songs like the wry “Two Weeks Late” and the poignant “Used” acknowledge the hard knocks of romance with disarming candor. Monroe manages to sound genuine whether she’s playing the outlaw (“Monroe Suede”), recalling her troubled past (the title track), or watching love slip away (“She’s Driving Me Out of Your Mind"). “Weed Instead of Roses” and the Blake Shelton duet “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter)” are saved from novelty-tune status by choice details and satiric edges. All told, Like a Rose is the work of a blossoming talent who may finally be getting her due.

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Ashley Monroe - Loved each song--

5+ Stars....I have a feeling Ashley Monroe will be a superstar! Best of Luck...

Love!

Love her true country sound. It's about time someone get back to the roots of country. Forever a Miranda and Pistol Annie's fan...and you can add Ashley to that list.

Worth A Listen

Ashley sounds a great deal like Lee Ann Womack. Tracks #4 and #8 are my favorites. The other songs do not do justice to Ashley's talent.

Biography

Born: September 10, 1986 in Knoxville, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Country singer Ashley Monroe was already a seasoned show business veteran when she released her self-titled album in 2007 at the tender age of 19. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Monroe was raised in a family with a great love for country music -- she's kin to Carl Smith and members of the Carter Family on her father's side -- and she developed a passion for music at an early age, taking her first piano lessons when she was only seven. At age 11, Monroe won a talent contest in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee...
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