Ashton Shepherd walked right into the business with the Loretta Lynn sounding tune, "Takin' Off This Pain," singing that she's got a cold beer in her right hand and the left has got her wedding band. Then she turned around with the title track of her debut album, "Sounds So Good." The album was highly appraised by critics and fans, but "country" radio for the most part turned their backs to something that is truly country. She is currently working on a new album, but be sure to pick up her debut release. This Alabama native is as southern as molasses with her vocals that wail through tunes that could have been written back in time, or even current.
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Having been raised in Texas, Sunny Sweeney has gained popularity over the years both there and in Nashville. She is right at home in a crowded honky-tonk singing songs of the forefathers while bringing alongside her tunes that fit perfectly alongside the classics. She is a modern Loretta Lynn meets Merle Haggard. Her debut record, "Heartbreaker's Hall of Fame," opened the door to showcase her Texas flavored tunes to a new audience. Not only does she have a brassy vocal ability, she's full of sass and humor. Be sure to check out her myspace for new unreleased tunes.
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Kentucky country music fans got a taste of Ashley Ray's music when she opened up for Eric Church at the UK Singletary Center in 2009. While on the tour, she "couch surfed" by visiting the homes of fans from town to town. Her adventures brought her closer to the fans and provided the best tourist approach to each town. Blending the twang with the sweet soulful vocals, she has made quite a following. Her latest single, Dirt Cheap, is available on Itunes and has been released to radio stations. The Kansas native is now making a scene down in Texas, following the leagues of the honkytonk heroes.
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