Sounds So Good

Sounds So Good

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by Ashton Shepherd
     
 

It's quite likely that Ashton Shepherd would never have a major-label shot if it wasn't for Miranda Lambert making tough, feisty women fashionable. Sure, Gretchen Wilson might have had a hand in that, but Lambert eschewed the cartoonish Muzik Mafia image, brought it down to earth, gave it some danger. On her debut Sounds So GoodSee more details below

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It's quite likely that Ashton Shepherd would never have a major-label shot if it wasn't for Miranda Lambert making tough, feisty women fashionable. Sure, Gretchen Wilson might have had a hand in that, but Lambert eschewed the cartoonish Muzik Mafia image, brought it down to earth, gave it some danger. On her debut Sounds So Good, Shepherd shares a lot of Miranda's toughness -- often she sounds like she can't get through a tune without a bottle in her hand -- and she crosses it with a healthy dose of country-folk learned from the Dixie Chicks, with her high, keening voice sharing a passing resemblance to Natalie Maines. Ashton is more of a redneck woman than the Chicks, celebrating pickin' sheds and cold beer, but she's undeniably a songwriter at heart, crafting vignettes of small-town life and intimate, knowing character portraits, including tunes that play like confessionals. Sounds So Good is a bit heavy on crawling midtempo numbers, all good on their own merits but it gives the album just a slight meditative quality, which makes the faster numbers, like the galloping, gleeful "The Bigger the Heart" stand out all the more. As good as these lighter numbers are, Shepherd's gifts are her intimacy as a writer and how her powerful voice lends depth to her songs. Both qualities shine brightly on this compelling debut.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2008
Label:
Mca Nashville
UPC:
0602517475403
catalogNumber:
001003902
Rank:
56246

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ashton Shepherd   Primary Artist
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar
Gary Prim   Piano
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Buddy Cannon   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Chip Young   Acoustic Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar,10-string Guitar
Randy McCormick   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Larry Paxton   Bass
Joe Spivey   Fiddle,Mandolin
Scott Vestal   Banjo
Shelby Kennedy   Background Vocals
Scotty Sanders   Steel Guitar
Wyatt Beard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Buddy Cannon   Producer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Tony Castle   Engineer
Karen Naff   Art Direction
Adam Cunningham   Composer
Ashton Shepherd   Composer

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