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Satisfied by Ashley Monroe
Released: May 2006
Label: Columbia
For a young woman, Ashley Monroe displays an old soul on her debut album. Where most 19 year-old country singers are caught up in trying to sound like something big and shiny out of Nashville Star, Monroe exudes a womanly maturity akin to that of Lee Ann Womack. She makes the other female twang poppers sound like high school cheerleaders, especially in her duet with Dwight Yoakam on "That's Why We Call Each Other Baby." On "Pony," she sings of naming her first born son after Ralph Stanley and she also has a song about Hank Williams' Cadillac that's peppered with rich Dobro guitar slides.
Eric Shea