OFFSTAGE: The Song Writes Ashley Monroe

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Ashley Monroe sure makes it sound easy. She’s one of the three Pistol Annies — and a solo artist as well — and she explained to CMT Radio that writing songs with bandmates Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley comes very naturally.

“We don’t really ever sit down and think when we write. We don’t go, ’Oh we need an up-tempo or we need to write about this.’ When we write, it just happens,” said Monroe, who is one of CMT’s Next Women of Country .

“There is a Guy Clark song that says, ’Some days you write the song, some days the song writes you.’ The song writes us every time, which I think comes across and makes it special. Afterward we will listen to it and we will get chills,” she adds.

That makes sense because I get chills, too, listening to the songs on their new Annie Up album. Mostly on “Damn Thing,” “I Feel a Sin Comin’ On,” “Unhappily Married” and “Dear Sobriety.”

Lambert agrees with Monroe that the songs kind of write themselves. “It’s almost like we don’t realize it is happening,” Lambert said.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.