Monroe’s crystalline voice is capable of lifting the heaviest of lyrics, but it doesn’t sell half-baked S&M.And the finale, “You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter),” only suffers from bad timing.
Major label artists Zac Brown and Chris Stapleton also appear on the record.
So do the independently-signed Jason Isbell and Holly Williams.
So if you’re already hooked on ABC’s twangy record biz soap opera “Nashville,” why not lean your ear toward the real deal? Pistol Annies, her fiery trio with Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley, have promised a sophomore effort in the months ahead, where Monroe will likely continue to play the foil to her brassier bandmates.
(She’s also sung alongside Will Hoge, Wanda Jackson and Jack White, whom she first met by asking for his autograph at the airport.) But on her own, Monroe reprises the old-school balladry of Keith Whitley and the emotive oomph of Pam Tillis.
But with the rise of acts like Leon Bridges and the Alabama Shakes, the rock and roll side of the roots world is experiencing a tremendous upsurge, similar to how the string band sector became hot a few years ago with Mumford & Sons—though this Muscle Shoals vibe feels much more sustainable in the long-term.