By Annie Reuter
Ashley Monroe recently teamed up with Train on their single “Bruises” and now Train’s Pat Monahan is returning the favor. On a recent trip to New York, the duo sat down to sing Monroe’s “Weed Instead of Roses,” a cheeky song off her album Like A Rose released earlier this year. In an interview with Radio.com, Monroe explained how the song came together.
“‘Weed Instead of Roses’ I wrote when I was 19 or 20 with two great co-writers and I had that idea. I just went in writing all these raunchy lyrics and I was laughing the whole time,” she said. “When it came time to record this album Vince [Gill] heard ‘Weed Instead of Roses’ and he goes, ‘I’m not doing the album unless you record that.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Vince! What will my Papi think?’ We did it and I think it’s just how it should be.”
Monroe went on to explain that she wanted to showcase her funny side on her album and “Weed Instead of Roses” was the perfect example of this.
“I think that it’s cool to show that you have a sense of humor. I tend to write when I’m sad and I definitely wanted to show that I have a sense of humor and I can also write songs that are funny and fast,” she said. “Things that aren’t so dark and depressing. It fit the record well.”
Watch below as Monroe strums the acoustic guitar and Monahan assists on vocals on “Weed Instead of Roses.”
In an interview with Radio.com earlier this year, Monahan complimented Monroe on her songwriting skills.
“Ashley’s been a friend of mine for a long time. I met her when she was 19. The guy that used to run Columbia Records introduced her to me because she wanted to write with me. When I met her I realized that I was the lucky one to be in the room with her,” he said. “She’s a great writer. She has written a lot of hit songs in Nashville for a lot of other artists. Now she has a new album out now called Like A Rose, which I think is going to be a favorite record if you get it.”
Producer Vince Gill only added to the praises, saying her voice is “undeniable.”
“It’s got that thing that you always hope for when you find somebody new,” Gill told Radio.com. “A lot of people possess talent, but not something so unique. On top of that, you hear that voice, and then you hear the old soul with what she writes songs from, and that’s one deadly combination. It’s so rare.”