AUSTIN — The massive South by Southwest music festival has officially descended upon Austin. Every downtown street is crowded
with musicians, managers, label reps, publicists, journalists and curious music fans. And pretty much everybody is looking
for something cool.
CMT showcased Ashley Monroe and young duo
Striking Matches on Tuesday night (March 12) at the Empire Control
Room, sharing the night with MTV and VH1. With a critically acclaimed new album released last week, Monroe is one of the festival’s
few country artists to make an appearance this year. Thanks to her sterling voice, clever songs and a wry sense of humor,
she’ll probably spend as much time doing interviews this week as any hot indie band.
Striking Matches opened the night
with a handful of songs, including “When
the Right One Comes Along.” Fans of ABC’s Nashville will recognize that one. Although their career