Ashton Shepherd on getting rowdy, feeling ‘Seventeen Again’ & finding balance: Exclusive

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In the face of pop-country, Ashton Shepherd remains stalwart in her traditional-leanings, blazing her own path on This Is America. With 10 perfectly thoughtful tracks, the album is one of the finest solo female releases in recent years, and the singer-songwriter couldn't be happier. One of the standout tunes is her current single "Seventeen Again," a mature perspective on what it means to be grown.

"I’m 27. I have two children, and I’ve been married since I was 18 years old. I find myself thinking, ‘who made these rules I live by?’" Shepherd shares in an exclusive interview with NashvilleGab, noting one of the poignant lyrics ["Guess I'm stressed in life, says the bags under my eyes"].

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Brinley Addington readies sophomore album ‘Middle Of Nowhere’ with new single: Listen

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Ahead of his new album Middle Of Nowhere on Aug. 5, Brinley Addington samples the project with his just-released single and title track (shipping to radio today). Through the guidance of Chris Young, veteran producer Phil O'Donnell and rising producer Aaron Eshuis, the singer is setting his sights on bigger and brighter things. To-date, he's hit the road with such A-list country stars as Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Josh Turner and Eli Young Band.

Addington's sophomore effort follows 2011's critically-raved Homegrown.

On this Music Monday, NashvilleGab is enjoying the premiere of his first radio release "Middle Of Nowhere," a smooth-riding breezy jam (Ryan Hurd, Joey Hide, Eshuis, Matthew McGinn).

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