By Stephen L. Betts
Filed under: Crossovers, New Tunes, Country News
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Susan Ashton
, who hit the country charts in 1999 with "You're Lucky I Love You" and came to the attention of countless fans via an opening slot on a 1994 European tour with Garth Brooks
, has returned to country radio after a lengthy absence with "Love Is Alive." (Listen below.)
A track from the Texas native's new EP Thief
, and the only tune on the six-song collection the singer didn't have a hand in writing, "Love is Alive" is a remake of song penned by Gary Wright
, who reached No. 2 with it in 1976. "I've always wanted to do a cover and [producer] Wayne [Kirkpatrick] had a really cool idea on how to rework the production," says Susan. "So, there's a whacked-out banjo part and acoustic guitar with a funky, swampy sound. I'm really excited how this one turned out. It's really fun."