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The New Troublemakers

Meet the freaks, geeks and future superstars who are stirring things up in 2013
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Ashley Monroe

Ashley Monroe's sound is classic Nashville. Her lyrics? Not so much. The Tennessee native's feather-ruffling breakout hit, "Weed Instead of Roses," suggests pot, heavy metal and "whips and chains" as a way to spice up a boring marriage, and her excellent new album, Like a Rose, features country's first Fifty Shades of Grey reference. "I only write about things I know," she says. "I met Willie Nelson the other day, and I was like, ‘Man, Willie, you smell incredible.'"

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