Like her previous effort, which bowed in March 2013, Monroe’s new LP is produced by her close friend and mentor Vince Gill, along with Justin Niebank. The as-yet-untitled disc kicks off with some positive vibes courtesy of the singer-songwriter’s “On to Something Good,” which she penned with hit tunesmiths Barry Dean and Luke Laird. The accompanying video for that first single was directed by Rachel McDonald, and filmed at various vintage-inspired locations around Nashville. The breezy clip, which captures Monroe sporting several cool, trendy looks, has her hitting the lanes at Music City’s Pinewood Social bowling alley and strolling the aisles of Fond Object, a record shop, vintage clothing store and jewelry boutique in East Nashville (when she’s not lounging in bed fully made up, that is). “Very believable,” she quips in the behind-the-scenes footage chronicling the making of the video. There’s also an outdoor scene complete with a vintage umbrella — and a drone.
In spite of all the on-set accoutrements, the tune carries a very real message to which everyone can relate.
“I like that the song is hopeful and it’s saying, ‘Hey, we’ve all been there,'” Monroe tells Rolling Stone Country. “We all know what it’s like to be down and out, but there’s hope if you keep on going. And if you do, you will be on to something good.”
Now on a radio tour unveiling some of the new music, the blonde beauty is basking in the glow of her first very Number One song at country radio. “Lonely Tonight” is the east Tennessee native’s duet with label mate Blake Shelton, who also sang with her on “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter),” the closing track from Like a Rose.
Ashley Monroe Track List (Album Title TBD):
1. “On to Something Good”
2. “I Buried Your Love Alive”
4. “The Weight of the Load”
5. “The Blade”
6. “Winning Streak”
7. “From Time to Time”
8. “If Love Was Fair”
9. “Has Anybody Ever Told You”
11. “The Devil Don’t Want Me”
13. “Good at Leavin'”