AUSTIN, Texas -- What kind of song does it take to silence a club full of insiders at a crowded concert on the first night of the South by Southwest music festival?
The kind that hasn't been invented yet.
Ashley Monroe, a gifted young country singer from Tennessee, came as close as one can to that goal early Tuesday night at the Empire Control Room, where she brought an audience gathered for an MTV/VH1/CMT showcase to a respectful hush with her song "Used." It's a winsome holdover from a limited-release 2007 disc that Monroe revived for her new album, "Like a Rose."
"I know I'm not some bright and shiny, polished-up car that's sparkling new /...