Her words cut deep.
PEOPLE has an exclusive first listen of the title track from Ashley Monroe’s second album, The Blade, which will be released July 24, as well as an exclusive look at the album’s cover art.
“ ‘The Blade’ is such a special song to me,” Monroe, 28, tells PEOPLE. “I have been on the receiving end of that pain. It actually makes me physically hurt when I sing it but in a good way.”