Ashley Monroe: When the Roses Bloom Again
How do you drive up to Guy Clark’s house, pull out your guitar, and write a song with the country legend without getting completely star-struck and tongue-tied? Ashley Monroe asked herself that very question when she found herself collaborating with Clark on “Like A Rose,” the mostly autobiographical title track from her second album. In that situation, she says, “You’re very aware of where you are and who you’re with. But when I get like that and my nerves get to me, I have to remind myself that hey, we’re all people. I belong here. It’s okay. I can write, too. I have to give myself pep talks every day, though.”
Monroe has given herself many, many pep talks over the last few years. She psyched herself up to work with the Raconteurs and Ricky Skaggs. She screwed her courage to sing with Wanda Jackson. She steeled her nerves to write with Trent Dabbs. She rallied herself while recording with Train. By comparison, forming the country supergroup the Pistol Annies with long-time friends Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley was downright relaxing.
Monroe’s secret to surviving a collaboration without resorting to fangirl hysterics: “More than anything else, just remain calm at all times.”
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