That one-off recording session between the Raconteurs, Ricky Skaggs, and Ashley Monroe may have been more of an “event” than I gave it credit for when reporting on the CMA nomination it earned for Musical Event of the Year. Although country singer Ashley Monroe was originally there for a much-coveted Jack White collaboration (after running into the the Third Man man at an airport), Raconteur Brendan Benson and she hit it off so well that the pair are planning to release an album together.
Monroe actually mentioned the project in her recent Q&A with The 9513 and I totally missed it at the time. “Brendan and I have recorded fourteen songs,” she said, adding that they probably won’t get around to finding a label and touring until after her next record comes out and Benson is done promoting his new solo album My Old, Familiar Friend.
The good news for us, however, is that Benson and Monroe have already put a bunch of demos up on their MySpace and ReverbNation pages to stream. Check out “Consider Me,” “Ballad of Pretty Baby,” “On The Fence,” and “Grey” thataway.