On June 18, country singer Ashley Monroe played at Webster Hall's grand ballroom in New York City, where she opened for her fellow labelmate Hunter Hayes as part of his 'MTV Artist to Watch Live' show. They shared the stage with Striking Matches.
Backed by a four-piece band, Ashley commenced her set with “2 Weeks Late,” thus showcasing her mellifluous traditional country vocals.
“Thank you all so much. I’m so happy to see you all,” she said.
It was followed by the title track of her record, “Like a Rose,” which she dubbed as “the story of her life.”
“How are you all feeling?” she asked the New York crowd. “Are you all good?”
She shared that she wrote “The Morning After” at the age of seventeen and as she delivered a delicate rendition, her stage was graced in fuchsia lights.
Ashley noted that “Weed Instead of Roses” was her version of a love song and she revealed that it garnered her grandfather’s approval.
“We can have fun. Everybody has a sense of humor,” she acknowledged.
She sang “You Got Me” as blue and purple lights flickered on the stage and her soothing vocals were reminiscent to those of Alison Krauss and Lee Ann Womack.
Ashley showcased her prowess as a songwriter and she performed “The Truth,” which she co-wrote with Brett James for country superstar Jason Aldean; subsequently, the song became a multi-week No. 1 single for Aldean.
“I love you all so much,” she said graciously. “Hunter has amazing fans and thank you all for accepting me,” the songstress added.
She changed the pace of her set and sang the up-tempo yet autobiographical “Monroe Suede.”
“Ya’ll still with me?” she asked the audience. “Give it up for my band. Aren’t they amazing?”
It was followed by “Satisfied,” the title cut of her previous studio album and she closed with a rendition of “Heart Like Mine,” which she co-wrote with Miranda Lambert, the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and her fellow band-mate from their group Pistol Annies.
“Thank you so much,” Ashley concluded.
In summation, Ashley Monroe did a stellar job opening for Hunter Hayes at Webster Hall. Her vocals, songwriting skills and acoustic guitar playing were all quite impressive and the New York crowd took notice. She proved that she is one of country music’s most underrated female artists. Her music and live shows are definitely worth more than just a passing glance.
To learn more about Warner Music Nashville recording artist Ashley Monroe, visit her official website.