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.
Performance CreditsAshton 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 CreditsBuddy Cannon Producer
Tony Castle Engineer
Karen Naff Art Direction
Adam Cunningham Composer
Ashton Shepherd Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great album. Girls honky tonk still lives.
I love this Album. I orignally picked it up b/c I loved "Feels so Good" but soon discovered that every song on this album is wonderful. I love her voice and powerful lyrics. Her voice and songs remind of of Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette. As far as I'm concerned this album is a must have for any country lovin' woman.
This is my favorite country album by far. I am so happy that Ashton Shepherd writes music that is real, honest, refreshing, fun, heart warming, genuine, and all around fantastic. She has so much feeling and emotion when she sings and you can feel it. The fact that she writes her own music and has been doing so for a long time is an amazing thing. Every single song on this album is great and could be a single on the radio. She has the looks, the integrity, the voice and the true genuine appreciative attitude. If anyone doubts Ashton's authenticity I suggest you watch her youtube videos and cmt videos. You will see this girl is for real. Ashton you have a lifetime fan in me and my entire family. We love you in Nashville!