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Show & Album Review: Ashley Monroe ‘The Blade’

Ashley Monroe joined by Miranda Lambert on stage.

Ashley Monroe joined by Miranda Lambert on stage.

On Wednesday, July 22nd, I had the pleasure of attending Ashley Monroe’s album preview show at The Basement East, an intimate venue in East Nashville.

As soon as I stepped into the room, I noticed it was filled with a who’s who of the music industry, everyone from booking agents, publishers, media to many artists out to hear Ashley Monroe perform her new material.  Everyone anxiously awaited Monroe to take the stage.
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Ashley Monroe’s “Like A Rose” Debuts Top-10 On Billboard’s Country Albums Chart

L to R: Mark Robinson, VP Business Affairs, WMN, Justin Luffman, VP Brand Management, WMN, Ashley Monroe, John Grady, Manager, Crush Management, Tree Paine, SVP Publicity, WMN

L to R: Mark Robinson, VP Business Affairs, WMN, Justin Luffman, VP Brand Management, WMN, Ashley Monroe, John Grady, Manager, Crush Management, Tree Paine, SVP Publicity, WMN

Ashley Monroe celebrated her solo record, Like A Rose, debuting Top-10 today on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart while performing at the SXSW music festival in Austin, TX. Monroe performed to an excited crowd at the MTV/VH1/CMT Edge Stage two days ago, where the Los Angeles Times raved that the “gifted country singer from Tennessee…brought an audience…to a respectful hush with her song ‘Used.’” People Magazine also recently gave Like A Rose 3 ½ of 4 stars, naming Monroe their Buzz Artist of the Week and noting that her “thorn-sharp wit – and country traditionalism – also bloom on…Rose,” while the Wall Street Journal compares Monroe to country greats saying, “Monroe’s songs prove as matter-of-factly direct and daring in today’s as Loretta Lynn’s were in the 1960s.” SPIN Magazine also proclaims Ashley Monroe’s Like A Rose as one of its essential new albums, giving it 9 of 10 stars and Paste Magazine truthfully states that “Like A Rose is no fairy tale.”

“I am completely surprised and overwhelmed by the response to my album,” said Ashley when asked of her achievements. “Thank you guys for always sticking by me and never giving up. We did it!!”

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Pistol Annies Set To “Annie Up” On May 7

Pistol Annies, Annie Up

What started as a late night phone call between Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, materialized into the Pistol Annies. The unorthodox, sassy trio, released their debut album in August of 2011, return with their up album, Annie Up, set to release May 7.

“We laid it on the line with “Hell On Heels” and we wanted to bring it again on this album,” said Miranda. “We put all our musical chips on the table, so we thought ‘Annie Up’ was a good title,” added Ashley.” “The goal of our music is to have people feel like they’re having a conversation with us,” said Miranda. “We never tried to sit down and write a song. When we’re together, we’re always just writing,” said Angaleena. In fact, the trio wrote “Unhappily Married” last June at the CMA Music Fest while in hair and makeup. “We can’t, not write,” added Ashley.

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Ashley Monroe Releases “Like A Rose”

Ashley Monroe makes her Warner Nashville debut with her first solo album Like A Rose, available now on iTunes.

Like A Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life—attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.

2013 Artists to Watch

Ashley will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, March 11th at 11:35/10:35c on NBC to perform her new single “Like A Rose”.

Download Like A Rose now: http://smarturl.it/ashleymonroe

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Country Radio Seminar 2013: Celebrities, Surprises and Stars of Tomorrow

Country Radio Seminar wrapped up last week to record attendance, bright new stars, and performances by the biggest names in country music. The three-day event overtook the Nashville Convention Center as thousands poured in for the annual meeting.

As a media outlet, we have the opportunity to cover the event, and interview some of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the format. We’ll be posting those interviews in the upcoming days; and we’ve also got photo and video coverage of the events, so stay tuned!

So here’s a recap of what our week looked like:

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Ashley Monroe To Perform On “The Tonight Show”

Monroe’s Debut Album Like A Rose To Be Released March 5th; Available For Pre-Order Now 

Ashley Monroe, Like A Rose

Ashley Monroe, of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, will perform the title track, “Like A Rose,” from her forthcoming March 5th Warner Bros. Records release on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 11.

Like A Rose is available for pre-order now at: http://smarturl.it/ashleymonroe

Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes will receive the duet from Monroe and Blake Shelton, entitled “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter),” as an instant download. Ashley’s duet with the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is also USA Today’s “Song of the Week,” which states that “the new track from Ashley Monroe and Blake Shelton follows the tradition of classic country duets like Johnny Cash and June Carter’s ‘Jackson’ or Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn’s ‘You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly.’” View the full story HERE.

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Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe releases solo CD “Like A Rose” March 5th

Produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, All Songs On The Album Were Co-Written by Monroe

Ashley Monroe, Like A Rose

Ashley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, will release her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose, on March 5, 2013.

Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she’s the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.

Like A Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life—attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.

We named her one of 2013’s artists to watch! Read that article here!

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Country Music Blog Rodeo: 2013 Artists to Watch

Names You Know Will Transform Into Superstars, and Names You May Not Know… You Will in 2013

Blog Rodeo2012 was full of excitement in country music, especially for new and emerging artists. We watched artists such as Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church emerge as the next wave of superstars. We also saw new artists such as Hunter Hayes, Brantley Gilbert, and Jana Kramer become household names.

So who will it be in 2013? We’ve got some ideas, some very obvious, and some that you really need to pay attention to.

Here we go… the artists to watch in 2013:

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Ashley Monroe “Like A Rose” New Release Date: March 5, 2013

Album Produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, with All songs co-written by Monroe

Ashley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, will release her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose, on March 5, 2013.  Monroe is set to debut two songs from Like A Rose at the Grand Ole Opry with Vince Gill on December 22.

“The great Vince Gill and I have written a brand new song that I love so much I have to put it on my new album,” Monroe says to explain the new street date.

Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she’s the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.  Continue Reading →

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Legends Honored, Superstars Perform at 6th Annual ACM Honors

ACM Honors

Country music fans are aware that the genre has no shortage of awards shows (at least four and counting). Arguably the most prestigious of these, however, is the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) held in Las Vegas in April. What fewer country fans may know is the Academy holds an annual awards show for non-televised industry and specialty awards called the ACM Honors, which took place Monday at The Ryman Auditorium. Continue Reading →

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