Song of the Day #1,985: ‘Like a Rose’ – Ashley Monroe

ashley_monroe_like_a_roseBest Songs of 2013 – Best Songs of 2013 – #9

This has to be the strongest year in recent memory for female country artists. I’ve already posted a Pistol Annies song, and today’s SOTD is the first of three by female country performers in my top ten.

Ashley Monroe is herself a member of Pistol Annies, making her the only artist to show up in my top 25 twice.

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Song of the Day #1,829: ‘Monroe Suede’ – Ashley Monroe

ashley_monroe_like_a_roseIn a year that, so far, has been pretty light on new music, Ashley Monroe’s solo debut Like a Rose remains one of the bright spots.

Monroe, one third of the Pistol Annies, has a lot of the wit and flair that have made her friend and band mate Miranda Lambert a big star. This album has received a ton of acclaim and performed modestly well on the charts, but I don’t know if Monroe will hit the mainstream (or if she even wants to).

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Song of the Day #1,774: ‘Weed Instead of Roses’ – Ashley Monroe

ashley_monroe_like_a_roseI’ve bought a handful of albums this year (including Vampire Weekend’s latest a day or two ago) and curiously, four of them are country records.

I didn’t plan it that way. Brad Paisley and Pistol Annies released new albums, which I naturally snapped up as a fan of both. Then the excellent newcomer Kacey Musgraves burst onto the scene amid a flurry of great reviews so I picked that one up. Finally, Ashley Monroe, one of the Pistol Annies, released her own solo album to critical raves.

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