Where Country Grows

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With her 2008 debut, Sounds So Good, Ashton Shepherd proved to be a little trickier to peg than Miranda Lambert, the fiery singer/songwriter who may be her closest mainstream competition. Shepherd's music has deeper roots than Lambert's -- there's a sense that it extends all the way back to the classic country of the '50s -- and she has a dark, smoky undertow to her voice that gives her an unpredictable soulfulness. These are aspects that give Shepherd considerable character but they make her a bit harder to market, which may be why her 2011 sophomore set, Where Country Grows, makes considerable effort to brighten and broaden her sound, to bring in listeners who...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With her 2008 debut, Sounds So Good, Ashton Shepherd proved to be a little trickier to peg than Miranda Lambert, the fiery singer/songwriter who may be her closest mainstream competition. Shepherd's music has deeper roots than Lambert's -- there's a sense that it extends all the way back to the classic country of the '50s -- and she has a dark, smoky undertow to her voice that gives her an unpredictable soulfulness. These are aspects that give Shepherd considerable character but they make her a bit harder to market, which may be why her 2011 sophomore set, Where Country Grows, makes considerable effort to brighten and broaden her sound, to bring in listeners who may not have been seduced by the late-night vibes of Sounds So Good. To Shepherd's considerable credit, her paeans to "Where Country Grows," drinking "Beer on a Boat," living in a place where there are "More Cows Than People," and "Tryin' to Go to Church" don't play as panders; they're infused with the same heart as the rest of the record and are crafted with the same sense of skill. Shepherd had a hand in writing the bulk of the record -- two of the most commercial cuts were penned by outside songsmiths, while Toby Keith alumni Bobby Pinson collaborated on two of Ashton's best poppier tunes, "Where Country Grows" and "More Cows Than People" -- and she has a knack for tracing the arc of a relationship or looking back without wallowing in nostalgia, as on the grace note of a closer, "Rory's Radio." Shepherd is such a powerhouse singer that there's never a relaxed moment on the record, not even when she eases into a ballad or a sunny pop tune like "I'm Good." She's the rarest of things in modern country: a singer who can't help but be compelling no matter what she sings. Fortunately enough, she's as good as a writer as she is a singer, which is what makes the slight smoothness and concessions to commerciality on Where Country Grows easy to accept: if that's what it takes for Shepherd to establish herself, so be it -- the rewards are more than worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 602527642536
  • Catalog Number: 001537702
  • Sales rank: 17,153

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ashton Shepherd Primary Artist
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Melonie Cannon Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Kevin Grantt Bass
Kenny Greenberg Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
John Hobbs Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Randy McCormick Synthesizer, Piano, Clavinet, Hammond B3
Joe Spivey Fiddle
Scott Vestal Banjo
Billy Joe Walker Jr. Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Terry Acoustic Guitar
Mark Beckett Drums
Jim "Moose" Brown Piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Wyatt Beard Background Vocals
Mike Johnson Steel Guitar
Tony Greasman Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Robert Ellis Orrall Composer
Buddy Cannon Producer
Dean Dillon Composer
Rhett Akins Composer
Tony Castle Engineer
Dale Dodson Composer
Shane McAnally Composer
Karen Naff Art Direction
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Bobby Pinson Composer
Troy Jones Composer
Marv Green Composer
Ashton Shepherd Composer
Brandy Clark Composer
Ben Hayslip Composer
Angaleena Presley Composer
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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    Ashton Shepherd is the Best!

    I have loved Ashton's sound and her music since I heard her first single, "Sounds So Good." Since then I have been listening to all of her music. Her newest CD is really good. I downloaded a few songs from the deluxe album which were great too. My favorite songs on the CD are "Where Country Grows", "One Summer Gone", "What if it Was", "While it Aint Rainin'", and "That Only Leads to One Thing." The best thing about Ashton is her twangy voice. I usually love artists with twang, including Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles. To me, thats real country. You wont be sorry buying this album!

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