I’m a traditional country kind of guy and Ashton Shepherd is one of today’s best traditional artists. Her music hasn’t really hit the mainstream country audience just yet, but her latest single is racing up the charts and looks like it could be her first smash hit.
Ashton just released the EP to follow the single and I wanted to take some time to look at each of the songs on the short collection.
If you like traditional country you’re going to like this one…
Ashton Shepherd – Look It Up EP
Overall the entire collection is solid. Artists release these EPs as feelers I think to see how the fans react to a few more new tracks to go along with the first single off a new album. It’s kind of a neat preview before we get the full LP album.
1. Look It Up
You probably already know about Look It Up. There is plenty of sassy attitude with this track. We kind of got a glimpse of Ashton’s attitude on her first album a few years ago, but she kicks it into full on in-your-face mode with this track. The single is already in the top 30 and seems poised to become a top ten this summer. It’s a great song. I’ve seen men and women both singing along to the lyrics of this song and that usually means it’s a winner. Plus the hook for the words of the title are so catchy. I find myself telling my girlfriend in my best Ashton voice, “Look it up…” It doesn’t go over to well and I don’t even realize I’m doing it.
The mark of a great song I guess.
2. Where Country Grows
Here’s an uptempo track about the place where Ashton is from – the country. I can’t quiet put my finger on why Ashton is so great. I think it really comes down to her voice. Authenticity drips from her it seems. With this track she sings about the simple things in the country life we all go through each day working hard at our jobs and coming home to the family and friends we love. This is the kind of song we need more of in country music and thanks to Ashton for making it.
3. Beer On A Boat
Now I was a lake kid growing up. My folks still have their same place on the lake where I grew up. There was plenty of time spent out on the pontoons and jet skis in the summer. I did a bit of racing back in my younger days trying to beat the cars on the interstate as I raced alongside them on my old Sea Doo. I wasn’t old enough to drink beer back then, but as I grew older there more than a few days spent on the water just chilling in the hot summer sun with a few beers and some good company. What a great summer song from Ashton. She seems to have all the versatility you could ask for.
4. More Cows Than People
I’m from Wisconsin and the part of the state I grew up in is discussed in the title of this track. We live in the dairyland of the USA and there are plenty of cows to go around. You can get on a dairy farm where I’m from and see a few hundred head of cows to go for about a family of six. I didn’t know I had this much in common with a girl from Alabama, but that’s just what Ashton has done with this track. I’m a happy country boy living where there’s more cows than people.
It’s alright by me.