The Showdown: Reba McEntire vs. Ashley Monroe
Eric Church's latest single, "Like a Wrecking Ball," has entered the Showdown Hall of Fame after winning its fifth straight victory. Now we start with a fresh slate as two of country's most important female performers square off in a new battle.
Reba McEntire is one of the most groundbreaking and highest-selling women in country music history, with a list of hits that spans decades and transcends all radio trends. She recently signed a new deal with Nash Icon, which will release a new album, Love Somebody, in April. The first single from that album is "Going Out Like That," which sees McEntire keeping pace with contemporary country with distorted guitars and a feisty attitude.
Ashley Monroe's last album, Like a Rose, was one of the most critically acclaimed releases of 2013. Co-produced by Vince Gill, the album adhered to traditional country sounds and textures while exploring some edgier subject matter from the perspective of a modern woman. She returns with "On to Something Good," the lead single from a forthcoming album. The new single finds Monroe in a happier frame of mind that also ought to play better at contemporary radio.
Listen to Reba McEntire, "Going Out like That"
Listen to Ashley Monroe, "On To Something Good"
Showdown Rules: The song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a new challenger in the next Showdown. Vote as much as once per hour online. If a song wins five Showdowns in a row, it will be retired into the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame to allow for new songs to compete. Some songs will be considered for a second Showdown if voter turnout is healthy in a losing effort.