This one cuts deep…
Ronnie Dunn released a brand new album, 100 proof neonlast week, and he actually borrowed a song on the tracklist from the big guys Ashley Monroe.
Ronnie covered the title track to her third studio album in 2015 The bladewhich was nominated for Best Country Album at the 58th Grammy Awards.
It’s a good old-fashioned country heartthrob centered around the apt analogy that the relationship ultimately didn’t work out “because you caught it by the handle, baby, and I caught it by the blade.”
It is the only outside writing on Ashley’s record and was written by Marc Beeson, Jamie Floyd and Allen Shamblin. Ashley says she didn’t even look for another song to add to the tracklist when her manager sent her “The Blade”:
“My manager sent me this email and he was like, ‘I want you to hear this.’ I just couldn’t believe how good it was.
You know, it spoke about heartbreak in a way I’d never heard before, which is hard because I’ve heard a lot of songs about heartbreak.
And I’ve written a lot of heartbreaking songs, and I was going through something back then that I could really relate to the receiving side of the knife, you know? And I thought we had to do this.
Ashley’s friend and Pistol Annies bandmate Miranda Lambert also provided backing vocals for the song, and her manager suggested that the name would actually make a great title for the album:
“And after we recorded it and Miranda came along and sang backing tracks, you could also kind of hear the pain in her voice because she knew what I was going through.
We were sort of thinking of a title for the album and you know my managers say what about The Blade?
This record has edges, it has sharp edges in every song, one way or another, it kind of cuts me anyway. And I said, ‘I love that, I think it’s totally appropriate.'”
And funnily enough, Ronnie had already heard the song before Ashley cut it for her album and considered cutting it for herself before she got her hands on it:
“I am so thankful that I got this song just in time. I met Ronnie Dunn on the superstar duet thing at the ACM in Dallas and he was like, ‘Well, I heard you cut The Blade.
And I thought, ‘Yes! I got it off you, I hope.” You know? Because he would have killed that song too, but I’m glad I have it. I’m sorry, Ronnie.”
Although he also added that she ended up being the right girl for this particular song:
“But he said, ‘If anyone can sing it, you can.'”
And seven years later, Ronnie was finally able to cut it too, and Ashley was 100% right when he said he would kill it.
Maybe someday these two can team up for a heartbreaking honky tonk duet, but be sure to check out Ronnie’s new take on the timeless song, as it’s one of my favorites off the new album:
But you just can’t top Ashley’s original with her one-of-a-kind voice and stunning rendition of a country song that’s so damn good:
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/01/ronnie-dunn-cuts-deep-with-cover-of-ashley-monroes-the-blade-on-new-album-100-proof-neon/ Ronnie Dunn Cuts Deep With Cover Of Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade” On New Album, ‘100 Proof Neon’