RADAR: Ashley Monroe

When Jack White wanted a backup singer for The Raconteurs, he called on Ashley Monroe. When Pat Monahan and Train needed a Nashville voice to duet on their latest single "Bruises" they called on Ashley Monroe. An in-demand songwriter blessed with a classic country voice, the 26-year-old singer has been slowly, quietly making a name for herself with her own recordings, a side project with fellow songwriter (and Ten Out Of Tenn alum) Trent Dabbs and a more recent collaboration with friends Miranda Lambert and Angeleena Presley in the Pistol Annies. Now Monroe steps front and center with a new album Like A Rose arriving digitally December 18 and on CD January 22. Not unexpectedly, Monroe walks that fine line between the hipster-approved authentic country and Americana vibe of Nashville's burgeoning songwriter clubs and the more commercial constraints of the modern country scene. Lead single "Like A Rose" manages a bit of both territories, a sweetly detailed country/folk shuffle that nicely balances accordion and acoustic guitar with the the twangin' tones of a pedal steel.

Ashley Monroe - "Like A Rose" (from Like A Rose)

Train (featuring Ashley Monroe) - "Bruises" (from California 37)