It’s getting harder and harder each day finding traditional country artists, but 16 year old Mason Ashley is proving that the “country” genre is still alive. When I was asked to review her new EP, Into The Song, I was afraid I’d get the same thing I always get: pop country with electronic loops, which many of you know I can’t stand, but Ashley brings the country back into country and that’s a great thing in more ways than one!
Writing well beyond her 16 years, the singer/songwriter has combined beautifully crafted lyrics with acoustic instruments and soft percussion. Her enchanting voice draws you in, much like Kacey Musgraves and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her youthfulness of her voice can be heard occasionally throughout the EP’s five songs, but that doesn’t make anything you hear irrelevant. She’s way beyond her years and this EP is proof of that.
All the relationships, travels, family, faith, laughter, loss and love Ashley has endured throughout her life are encompassing in this project. Perhaps following in the footsteps of Taylor Swift, each track on the EP is about one of five different guys that were in and out of her life and she won’t be naming names, either.
“People and love are so interesting to me so that’s usually what I write about,” Ashley states. “Music is my way of telling a story. It’s like a photo album of my life.. But with words. So anyone is welcome to turn the pages and make their own interpretations of my pictures…my stories. Stories with melodies.”
If you’re a fan of traditional country, Mason Ashley is an artist for you. If you’re not, then you may not want to bother, but I suggest you do because you’ll be sorry if you don’t.
Into The Song is available now on iTunes.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.