Kassi Ashton's Debut Single "California, Missouri" Is An Anthem for the Small Town Out
"I graduated with 86 sheep, I was the black one. If there was a reputation to be had in this town, I had the bad one." Kassi isn't holding anything back as she shares her soul with us in her debut single, "California, Missouri". The song is a fearless mid-tempo ballad about being an outsider inside of your own small town.
To Kassi though, being labeled the outsider or "the black sheep", isn't necessarily a bad thing. It might not have made it easy for her growing up there, but it definitely made it easier for her to realize that living there forever wasn't the life she was meant to lead.
While this is very much a CRANKIN country song, Kassi definitely draws a lot of inspiration from soulful R&B voices like Adele and Amy Winehouse. Her phrasing, passion, and the texture of her voice all make for a luscious and rich sound far beyond her years. The production is sleek and nuanced with layers of different sounds and textures that will fill out the speakers of whatever system your listening on (10 out of 10 would recommend blasting in the car).
I've listened to this song about a dozen times today alone. The lyrics, the music, the voice. It's all there, and it's all there in a big way. Check her out and follow her, you're definitely gonna want to get on the Kassi Ashton train before it departs for Bigtime, USA.
"Growing up, I always knew that I wanted to write a song about my hometown. I want people that live here to hear it and know that I love them, but also I want them to know how bad it hurt. I also want them to realize that the hurt and the beauty is what made me who I am completely." - Kassi Ashton