There’s a new generation of kickass women in country music, and they’re turning things around in a new old kind of a way with raw, real, and just plain ol’ good music. If you haven’t already, you need to stop everything you’re doing and get these two albums—Ashley Monroe’s “Like A Rose,” and Kacey Musgrave’s “Same Trailer Different Park”—NOW. They’re an incredible breath of fresh air. They’re spunky, they’re sassy, they’re smart, and they’re classy. Well, you might not think that an album titled “Same Trailer Different Park” could be classy, but it is. And by classy I mean in the sense that songs are like women—over production can be fun until it’s over done, but when she’s stripped down and you can actually see her eyes unmasked…well you just can’t beat the beauty of realness can you? It's like that rule--if you're going to show boobs and a lot of upper body skin, then cover up your legs, and vice versa. And if you're going to go with bright lips, don't go crazy with the bright eyeshadow...I'm pretty sure we left that look back in the 80's, and for good reason!
“Same Trailer Different Park”—When “Merry Go Round” came out as Kacey’s first single I liked how well she played with words. The more I started hearing it on the radio, the more I was impressed, because it’s not the typical kind of song you expect to hear on the radio these days. It’s blunt and it’s not overproduced. But she’s the kind of songwriter that makes Nashville the home of the best songwriters in the world. Songs like “Step Off” and “Follow Your Arrow” are comedic social commentaries that just make you want to smile and flip off the world—in a good way though :). And “Blowin’ Smoke,” is the perfect sophomore single. It’s hot.
“Like A Rose”—I’ve been in love with Ashley Monroe for a while now. Her voice is so unique, rich with the Tennessee mountain air. You know the girl is talented when she gets to collaborate with Jack White, and has Vince Gill produce her album. The album is a country delight. This is country music. It’s the perfect blend of traditional charisma and contemporary energy. “Weed Instead of Roses” is my favorite on the album. It’s totally funny, and totally Vince Gill. Ashley is a storyteller, and you can hear it in her songs, just like the country she knows. The poetic picture that “Used” paints, round her out as possibly one of the most gifted songwriters in town. “Like A Rose” is a divine taste of sweet skullduggery.
So go add these two albums to your music library, and…you’re welcome.
BIG LOVE & HUGS