UMG Nashville/Interscope recording artist Kassi Ashton released her new single “Dates In Pickup Trucks” on February 4th, 2022. This single is her first release of 2022 and looks to be setting the stage for a big year. Fans were thrilled at the announcement that this would be her debut radio single.
The song, penned by Ashton, David Garcia, and Luke Laird, perfectly blends multiple musical influences. The influence of R&B music is felt in her soulful vocal delivery and some of the production elements. Her love of country music is also evident through the songwriting style, lyrics, and a distinct steel guitar.
In a press release, the Missouri native stated that it was inspired by a conversation with her grandmother. Upon hearing a giggly description of her grandparents’ recent date, that call prompted Ashton to realize that all of her best dates were in pickup trucks.
The singer-songwriter is also exhilarated about this song being released to US country radio as the continued on to state, “I’ve waited a very long time to say this, I’m so happy to be finally giving you my debut country radio single!” She also notes that “’Dates In Pickup Trucks’ is meant to sing along to, with the wheels rolling you forward and the speakers taking you back. Call your local station and tell them to play it.”
Despite this being Ashton’s first radio release, she has been releasing critically acclaimed songs such as “California, Missouri,” “Hopeless,” and “Violins” since 2018. She has been praised for her songwriting in magazines such as American Songwriter and Rolling Stone. She has also been named an artist to watch by Huffington Post, The Tennessean, and by country radio host Bobby Bones.
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