Ashley Monroe’s Big Fat Lie

The Blade Should Be Killing at Radio

“If I said I didn’t want to be on country radio, that would be a big fat lie.” That’s what Ashley Monroe recently admitted to Village Voice, and God love her for her honesty.

Because the struggle is real, y’all.

Some of the absolute finest country music is being recorded in Nashville right now – her new album The Blade included – but if it doesn’t get played on country radio, it’s a little bit like that proverbial tree that falls in the forest when no one’s there. Or is it?


“I’m willing to find other ways to be heard,” Monroe said. “There’s a lot of time and money and energy spent on radio. I think I’m about spent on that time and energy.”

She understands, too, that she doesn’t necessarily fit in with “what’s happening now,” and that’s alright with her. Monroe is all about music, no matter what she’s listening to (from any genre) or what she’s writing (usually always this genre).

“I wake up craving music. I’ll look and say, ‘Am I in the mood for Jason Isbell, or am I in the mood for Eminem? Am I in the mood for Emmylou, or am I in the mood for Fiona Apple?’ I soak up as much music as I can, and I’ve never thought about genre,” she said. “The songs that I write are very much country, but that’s just what comes out of me.”

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