Without any doubt in the world, I can say that Ashley Monroe has to be one of the most underrated and underestimated songwriters and singers in Nashville. Maybe it’s because she’s super lowkey and doesn’t seek out the spotlight. Or maybe it’s because she’s best friends with Miranda Lambert. I’ll never know, but I do know this– her latest tune, “Hands On You” shouldn’t be brushed off or pushed aside.
“Hands On You” is Monroe’s first new tune since dropping the devastatingly raw album, The Blade, in 2015. Since then she did have a baby, William Dalton Danks, with husband John Danks and she has been writing with cuts on Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings, Vince Gill’s Down to My Last Bad Habit, Angaleena Presley’s Wrangled, and Sara Evans’ Words.
Monroe also made a few appearances on the road with Lambert and the Pistol Annies, but this song is very much her own. Yes, we’re all clambering for new music from the Annies, but “Hands On You” is like a new genre of music– sexy spaghetti western. Monroe said she, “felt a whole new confidence recording this one” and you can hear it. It’s dark, angsty and at times, a little scary because you’re not sure if she’s talking about love or murder.