Ashley Monroe is one of those gems within the country music industry that we don’t appreciate enough, probably because she never is one to gloat about her talent.
She lets the music do her talking.
And in her sultry new video for her song “Hands On You,” Ashley does just that. In it, she looks so fit and incredible that nearly made us forget that she just had a baby with her husband, MLB pitcher John Danks, less than seven months ago.
We are impressed, Ashley.
The song comes from her upcoming album “Sparrow,” which is set for release on April 20 and finds Ashley opening her soul about some trauma and turmoil from her childhood.
“I was unpacking a lot of stuff,” Ashley says in a press release about her new project, her first since the Grammy-nominated album “The Blade.” “I was singing, and identifying what it’s like to be left. No one told me what I should do, back then, when the world started to crumble,” she added, likely referencing her father’s death from cancer when she was just 13 years old and her mother’s subsequent struggles.
Not only did the album allow Ashley to let out some leftover feelings from those early days, it also gave her an opportunity to work with revered Nashville producer Dave Cobb.
“I knew I wanted to work with Dave,” Ashley says. “All of his records are consistently awesome and classic, timeless, old and new all in one. Country music is a wide genre, and that’s OK. I don’t even know what genre this record is, but I know it’s me.”
Alongside Dave and treasured collaborators Brendan Benson and Waylon Payne, Ashley recorded and wrote many songs on “Sparrow” while she was pregnant with her son, Dalton, who was born last summer. “I felt powerful,” she says of the precious time surrounding the birth of her baby. “I wasn’t puffing, I wasn’t drinking wine. I was just singing.”
Of course, with Ashley’s return to music, many country music fans might be wondering if we are that much closer to the return of Pistol Annies, a group she formed in 2011 alongside Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. Country music fans will recall that it’s been five years since the group released its sophomore album, “Annie Up,” back in 2013.
While Rare Country has reported on various hints that the Annies have been throwing out there as of late that new music might be right around the corner, nothing has been confirmed.
Until then, Miranda will be on the road with her “Livin’ Like Hippies” tour throughout the month of March, alongside opener Jon Pardi.