Ashley Monroe The Blade Tour W/ Opener Ryan Beaver At City Winery

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City Winery Nashville says
This is a general admission show with a very limited number of seats available. Seating will be first come, first served and the rest of the room will be standing room only.

When it comes to country music, Ashley Monroe has a deep-seated fear — that she won't feel a damn thing. For the Tennessee-born singer, whose passion for traditional country is matched only by her gift for crisp, clever songwriting, music has to elicit a palpable response. Or else?
"It's just noise," she says. "Country music is so special to me, it scares me if I hear a song and I don't feel anything. It really throws me for a loop."

Monroe is convinced that country fans have a similar reaction and also seek something meaningful in their music. So when she sat down to write her new album The Blade, released on Warner Music Nashville, she committed herself to finding songs that would make both her and her audience cry, laugh, think and, metaphorically, bleed.

"Every track will cut you in a different way," Monroe says, nodding to the album's title.
Due July 24th, The Blade is the follow-up to 2013's critically acclaimed Like a Rose, which included the sublime — and alternatingly bawdy and poignant — singles "Weed Instead of Roses," "You Got Me" and the title track. The album was named the top country record of that year by Billboard, Rolling Stone and The New York Times, and helped recognize Monroe as one of the genre's most respected talents. She's performed with artists ranging from the Raconteurs and Train to Wanda Jackson and Blake Shelton, and is an indispensable component of the acclaimed trad-country trio Pistol Annies.

With The Blade, Monroe views the album as Like a Rose's Chapter 2, but says she's a much more direct person than she was when writing that project.

"The first record is me. That's the roots, the base of me. And I had a good vision for that," she says, "but I've grown since that first record and I have an even more clear vision. I know what I want and it's ok to say what I want."

Produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, who also oversaw Like a Rose, the new album features soulful lead single "On to Something Good," written with Barry Dean and Luke Laird. Driven by a Muscle Shoals backbeat, the song is Monroe at her most upbeat. Which surprises even her.
"It's hard for me to write up-tempo songs. I want to write a waltz all the time," she says. But "On to Something Good" provides her with a chance to groove and leave behind some of the angst of her formative years — her father died from cancer when she was 13 — that informed Like a Rose. "For many reasons in my life, I could have sat in sadness and let that overcome me. But you can't stay at the bottom forever, especially if you keep moving. I'm a better dancer when I don't look down."

Still, Monroe has not completely lightened up — and thank God, for that. Encompassing 13 tracks, The Blade explores all manners of lost love, failed dreams and harsh revelations. "There are some stone-cold country s
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By: City Winery Nashville

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