Ashley Monroe proves her talent transcends genres with a new track released exclusively through Amazon’s Amazon Acoustics compilation, a cover of Americana-rock icon John Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses.”

The tune is a stripped-down version of the classic 1983 hit, a simple recording of guitars, a mandolin or two, and Monroe’s smooth voice shining through, front and center. Its well-executed style and production will make listeners wonder why Monroe hasn’t been covering ‘80s hits all along.

Monroe recently released her sophomore record The Blade, from which the lead-off single “On to Something Good” has been gaining momentum. The artist, who is also one-third of Miranda Lambert’s side project, Pistol Annies, says the song was inspired by her relationship with her husband, professional baseball player John Danks.

“As cheesy as this might sound, that’s exactly how it felt,” she says of the song’s message. “I like that the song is hopeful, and it’s saying, ‘Hey, we’ve all been there. We all know what it’s like to be down and out, but there’s hope if you keep on going. And if you do, you will be on to something good.’”

She’s currently on the road with Lambert, opening up on the Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tour, but later this fall she will headline her own. The Blade tour will kick off Oct. 1 in Macon, Ga. and run through the end of November. Dates and ticket information are available on Monroe's website.

Listen to Ashley Monroe, "Pink Houses"

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