The wonderful Ashley Monroe has just completed her tour of UK and Europe where she performed songs from her critically acclaimed ‘Sparrow’ album and more. Now Ashley has released her ‘Sparrow Acoustic Sessions EP’, featuring stripped down version of five of the traps from the album – ‘Orphan’. ‘Hands on You’, ‘Wild Love’, ‘Paying Attention’ ad ‘Keys to the Kingdom’.
It’s between an incredibly busy time for Ashley, as alongside her solo projects, she and the rest of the Pistol Annies recently released their incredible ‘Interstate Gospel’ album.
Ashley Monroe, who I’ve stated previously ‘has possibly the best voice in country music’, made a tremendous impact on her recent tour to the UK. Lesley Hastings was lucky enough to see her at one of her sold out Bush Hall shows, writing ‘Ashley lived every word of every song, the intensity of her performance tangible and she often appeared totally lost in the moment throughout her 80 minute set.’ Read the full review here – http://bellesandgals.com/2019/02/01/ashley-monroe-bush-hall-london-30th-january-2019/
Ashley Monroe – ““This tour was incredibly special because the songs on Sparrow were inspired by my very first trip to London. The fans brought such a deep appreciation and attentiveness that reinvigorated my soul. I can’t wait to come back and perform again.”
As well as the London shows, Ashley also appeared at the Sugar Factory in Amsterdam, at Interstate 19 Americana Weekend in Oslo, Norway and at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Festival. She concluded the sold-out run as a featured presenter for the International Artist of the Year Award at the UK Americana Award Show in London.
Sparrow (2018) turns Monroe’s life experiences into moody, orchestral masterpieces that explore all sides of a fully formed woman unashamed of her scars – the maternal tendencies, the childlike wonder and the sultry moments behind closed doors, as showcased on her single “Hands On You.” It was recorded with Grammy winning producer Dave Cobb in the legendary RCA Studio A while Monroe was pregnant with her son Dalton. All her albums received top country albums recognition by Billboard, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Washington Post, American Songwriter, Esquire, Stereogum, Taste of Country, Amazon Music, All Music, Uproxx and Nashville Scene Critics Poll.
Check out our ‘in the round’ review of Sparrow where members of the Belles and Gals team each pick a favourite track from the album – http://bellesandgals.com/2018/04/26/ashley-monroe-sparrow-in-the-round-review/