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However, “Satisfied” was caught in the gravitational forces of a merger and was never released by the label. She put it on iTunes in 2009 and jokes that 500 people have bought it over the years.
Monroe returned to writing and worked with everyone who’d take her call. She didn’t limit herself to country. She’d pop up all over town, writing with Gill or Lambert or Guy Clark. She recently teamed up with rock `n’ singer-guitarist Brendan Benson to write a song for the TV show “Nashville.” And Jack White has pulled her in to work on projects with Ricky Skaggs and Wanda Jackson.
Monroe’s got the duet “Bruises” with Pat Monahan of Train and is scheduled to tour with that band this summer _ after she releases an album with Pistol Annies this spring. That group is the result of her networking abilities and her late-night inspiration to introduce Lambert to Angaleena Presley by phone, a moment of instant connection among three powerful songwriters and personalities.
“It’s crazy,” Monroe said. “The other day I wrote down everything and I was like, `Wow, I’ve done a lot of things!’ It’s amazing. It blows my mind. But it also makes me happy because it’s bringing all these things together.”
Bits and pieces of those experiences can be heard on “Like a Rose,” which veers from the deep sadness of the title track and “Two Weeks Late” and “Used” to the bawdiness delivered with a wink in “Weed Instead of Roses” and “You Ain’t Dolly (and You Ain’t Porter),” a back-and-forth duet with Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, that closes the album.
Gill met Monroe not long after she came to town. She co-wrote a couple of songs on his Grammy-winning album “Guitar Slinger,” and he co-wrote a few songs on “Like a Rose.”
Why did he decide to work with her?
“Well, she writes songs like Guy Clark and sings like Dolly Parton, two pretty great reasons right there,” Gill said with his mellow chuckle. “One would be enough, but to have both, I thought, `Yeah this might be a great way to spend time.’ You love being around the most gifted people if you get the opportunity, and I honestly believe she’s of that brand, of that ilk, whatever is a good word, you know? Everything about her is undeniable.”
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