Song of the Day #5,301: ‘The Blade’ – Ashley Monroe

Today’s random selection is the title track from Ashley Monroe’s 2015 album The Blade, the country singer-songwriter’s third solo album.

The Blade is my favorite Monroe album (though to be fair, I haven’t listened to her most recent release in depth). The production gives this batch of songs a rootsy pop-rock flavor that fits her voice and melodies well. At times on this record Monroe reminds me of an airier Bonnie Raitt.

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Song of the Day #2,723: ‘If Love Was Fair’ – Ashley Monroe

ashley_monroe_bladeBest Songs of 2015 – #17
‘If Love Was Fair’ – Ashley Monroe

Unfortunately my favorite country artist (and one of my favorite anything artists), Miranda Lambert, took 2015 off (though I can’t wait for her inevitable break-up album).

Fortunately her Pistol Annies bandmate Ashley Monroe stepped up to fill Lambert’s shows admirably with solo album The Blade.

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Song of the Day #2,602: ‘The Weight of the Load’ – Ashley Monroe

ashley_monroe_bladeThis hasn’t been a great year for new releases, at least not so far. Upcoming albums from Ben Folds, Lana Del Rey, Adele and Rihanna might change that, or they might be too little too late.

At least one recent release, Ashley Monroe’s The Blade, has been a delightful standout.

I discovered Monroe as one third of Pistol Annies and really enjoyed her 2013 album Like a Rose, but The Blade puts her on a whole new level.

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