The new track, “Dixie,” released today, displays all of the 28-year-old singer-songwriter’s many talents, showing vulnerability in her songwriting about heartbreak and longing, to the way her East Tennessee soprano can cut right through your heart.
In her interview with Southern Living talking about her new song, Ashley says, “‘Dixie’ came from Justin Davis in Striking Matches. He had that idea and we were at some show in the dressing room and he played it for me and I fell in love with it. I’ve always loved those old melodies like that, which sound like they were written way back in the day…I related to it, and when I sing it, I get mad. I definitely love the south and I’m never leaving. It’s like, ‘I’ll be damned, you’re not going to take me down.”
“Dixie” is the fourth song Monroe has previewed from her second Warner Bros. album, out July 24. Monroe recently played “Dixie” live for Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen along with other album tracks “I Buried Your Love Alive,” “If the Devil Don’t Want Me” and “The Blade.” Monroe also has released “Bombshell” from the new album, teaming with furniture and décor designer Wayfair.com and interior designer Brad Ramsey to reimagine her Nashville writer’s room.
That’s just a small piece of all the attention Monroe, a member of the country music supergroup Pistol Annies, has gotten surrounding the release of The Blade, which was produced by Vince Gill and Justin Niebank. NPR calls her “Dolly Parton’s rightful heir” and Rolling Stone says “The Blade” is “destined to be one of the year’s top albums.” Which was stated after seeing Monroe perform an album preview show during CMA Music Festival, another triumphant moment for the singer.
Fans can pre-order The Blade through iTunes and AshleyMonroe.com. Pre-orders will include instant downloads of the title track, first single “On to Something Good,” “I Buried Your Love Alive” and now “Dixie.” Monroe also plans to release one last track, “The Weight of the Load” before The Blade album hits stores.
Monroe will celebrate the release of the new LP with an appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on July 27, along with several other release week appearances.
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