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Ashton Shepherd, “Sounds So Good”

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

When I first heard the opening notes of Ashton Shepherd’s debut single, “Takin’ Off This Pain”, I was taken aback by the sharp and twangy voice that I was hearing. Her unique voice combined with an intriguing song was refreshing and exciting. Unfortunately, I was well aware that this unabashedly country sounding song would not be fully embraced by country radio, though it did make it as far as #20 on the charts.

Her follow up single, “Sounds So Good”, is a more mainstream sounding song that relies more heavily on strong melody than lyrical strength. This is not to say, however, that it isn’t a great song. As another song that will fit nicely on the summer play list, it is a celebration of the memories that are often elicited by the sounds with which they are associated: “’Cause there ain’t nothin’ like the sound Of a cooler slushin’ on the bed ‘a yo’ truck/And ain’t nothin’ like the sound of real country music/C’mon, turn it up/And I love to hear the whippoorwill sing any night/And the crickets out in the woods/Don’t it feel so right/Don’t it sound so good?”

Here’s hoping that Ashton Shepherd will enjoy some much deserved success with this song so that we can continue to hear her voice for many years to come.

Written by Ashton Shepherd

Grade: A-

Listen: Sounds So Good

Buy: Sounds So Good

Ashton Shepherd, “Takin’ Off This Pain”

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Ever wondered what Jennifer Nettles would sound like if she performed traditional country? Or Gretchen Wilson with more emotive, expressive vocals?   Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ashton Shepherd.   She’s got a cold beer in her left hand, and in her right, her wedding band.  She’s sick of doing laundry and being ignored by her man, even when she’s looking sexy.   And she’s smart enough to know that “I’m the only one that can set myself free.”    I’m used to being disappointed by new female artists, but I’m going to get my hopes up anyway.   This is just the kind of fresh blood country music needs.

Grade: A

Listen: Takin’ Off This Pain

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