I’ve gushed about Ashley Monroe on other sites, but don’t think I’ve done it here yet, so here goes. Actually, this was a staff recommendation I wrote up for The 9513 back in June, to be included in the ‘Staff Picks for May’ feature. For whatever reason, the feature didn’t end up running that month, so my recommendation got lost in the internet ether. It seemed destined to remain there until the unapologetic Ashley Monroe fanboy in me dug it out of the Gmail archive and posted it here for all the world to see. Which brings us to the present, when I blockquote:
Satisfied – Ashley Monroe
May was a fairly strong month for new releases, with a good number of albums I will probably still be listening to regularly months down the road – efforts by Chuck Mead, Steve Earle, and Alecia Nugent among them. But ultimately nothing excited me more than the long-awaited digital (re)release of Ashley Monroe’s debut album Satisfied. Monroe sounds every bit as heartbroken as Tammy Wynette on lovelorn ballads and holds her own with Dwight Yoakam on a spunky duet of “That’s Why We Call Each Other Baby” – impressive range for a girl who was just nineteen when the collection was first briefly made available in 2006. Thanks be to Hank (and his Cadillac), one of the finest mainstream debuts of the 2000s is finally back on the market.
Whew, I feel much better now. Here’s a video that you might have already seen:
Satisfied is available from digital retailers including iTunes and Rhapsody.