"Sounds So Good"
Songwriter: Ashton Shepherd
“Sounds So Good,” Ashton Shepherd’s second single and the title track of her debut album, is best compared to the Randy Travis standard, “Deeper than the Holler.” Both songs address the dominant radio theme of the day – undying love in Travis’s classic and country living in Shepherd’s single – in the laundry list form that has become familiar to contemporary radio listeners. Neither employs narrative structure, recoloration, lyrical reveals or even complex imagery. In the hands of many writers and most singers, these choices make for bland and forgettable radio singles or album filler, but Randy Travis and Ashton Shepherd are not most singer-songwriters.
Sincerity courses and pulsates through this song. Just as Travis described love in the only words that a country boy understands, Shepherd lovingly sings her life’s soundtrack in a voice imbued with honest, lived experiences. It’s difficult to hear where Shepherd’s life experiences end and her exceptional vocal ability begins: I don’t doubt that Ashton has pulled more than one beer out of a slushly, makeshift cooler, but her Alabama drawl makes every bent syllable even easier to believe. When this vocal is overrlaid on Buddy Cannon’s Telecaster-rich production it sounds like a country record and, appropriately, just sounds so good. ALBUM REVIEW:
Popular Austin-based country blog The9513.com
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