Ashley McBryde, "American Scandal"
Ashley McBryde's forthcoming album Girl Going Nowhere is one of the year's most anticipated new releases, and for damn good reason: Her songs boast thoughtful, narrative lyrics that recall Brandy Clark with a sound that should please fans of both Nineties country and today's new traditionalists. While "American Scandal" may sound (based on title alone) like a stab at political commentary, it's actually an affecting love song, simple in its message and powerful in its sentiment. As for the titular scandal? Well, let's just say JFK and Marilyn Monroe still have a few folks in their corner. B.M.