June 27, 2023



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shot in the dark Tour Admat | Courtesy of Big Loud Records / Back Blocks Music | Download here 

NASHVILLE, TENN. –  Big Loud’s country songstress Ashley Cooke embarks on her first-ever headlining tour, bringing her highly anticipated album direct to fans nationwide, beginning on Aug. 23 in Panama City, Fla.. The shot in the dark Tour will take Cooke’s sun-kissed blend of two-lane pop country to 24 cities this summer and fall, calling upon rising artists Matt Schuster and Vincent Mason as support. Fans can secure tickets during the public on-sale beginning June 30 at 10 a.m. local time at www.ashleycooke.com.

“Putting out my debut album is already a dream in itself, but to experience the roller coaster journey of this album together, in person each night, is why I do what I do and I’ll cherish every moment,” shares Cooke. “It’s an incredible opportunity to have talented artists like Matt Schuster and Vincent Mason joining me on this tour, and I’m counting down the days til I can see y’all out there!”

The exciting live show announcement comes just days after Cooke unveiled that her highly anticipated debut album will arrive July 21. In a preview of what’s to come, Cooke released three all-new tracks off the 24-song collection this past Friday, including title-track “shot in the dark,” “mean girl feat. Colbie Caillat” and “tastes like.” Capturing true tales of love, heartbreak and all the moments in between, the long-awaited debut fearlessly explores the roller coaster of life, inviting listeners to savor every raw and relatable moment. With more music on the way ahead of the July 21 release, Cooke’s shot in the dark record is poised to become one of the longest debut albums by a female country artist to date.


Cooke’s shot in the dark Tour follows an impressive year of touring, including her first overseas performance at C2C, tours with Cole Swindell, Jordan Davis and Brett Young, and her stadium debut at Nissan Stadium during CMA Fest. Prior to embarking on her headlining tour, Cooke will join country megastar Luke Bryan’s Country On Tour this summer, kicking off on July 13 in Hershey, Pa. Stay up to date with the latest news by visiting ashleycooke.com and following along on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok @theashleycooke.

Ashley Cooke’s shot in the dark Tour featuring Matt Schuster and Vincent Mason

Aug. 23, 2023 in Panama City, Fla. at Holiday Inn Resort *
Aug. 24, 2023 in Dothan, Ala. at Rain Dothan *
Aug. 25, 2023 in Montgomery, Ala. at Range 231 N *
Sept. 2, 2023 in Macon, Ga. at The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom **
Sept. 6, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pa. at Milkboy **
Sept. 7, 2023 in Allston, Mass. at Brighton Music Hall **
Sept. 8, 2023 in New York, N.Y. at Mercury Lounge **
Sept. 14, 2023 in Santa Cruz, Calif. at The Catalyst- Atrium **
Sept. 15, 2023 in San Francisco, Calif. at Café du Nord **
Sept. 16, 2023 in Sacramento, Calif. at Goldfield Trading Post **
Sept. 19, 2023 in Morro Bay, Calif. at The Siren **
Sept. 21, 2023 in San Diego, Calif. at Moonshine Beach **
Sept. 22, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nev. at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Sept. 23, 2023 in Pioche, Nev. at Thompson’s Opera House **
Sept. 25, 2023 in Los Angeles, Calif. at The Roxy **
Oct. 11, 2023 in Wyandotte, Mich. at District 142 **
Oct. 12, 2023 in Chicago, Ill. at Joe’s on Weed St. **
Oct. 19, 2023 in Nashville, Tenn. at Basement East *
Oct. 20, 2023 in Athens, Ga. at 40 Watt Club *
Oct. 21, 2023 in Birmingham, Ala. at Zydeco *
Nov. 2, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio at The Basement **
Nov. 4, 2023 in Rootstown, Ohio at Dusty Armadillo **
Nov. 9, 2023 in Atlanta, Ga. at Terminal West **
Nov. 10, 2023 in Rome, Ga. at Peaches **
*Matt Schuster
**Vincent Mason

shot in the dark TRACKLIST

1. “tastes like” (Ashley Cooke, Jordan Minton, Emily Weisband, Corey Crowder)
2. “it’s been a year” (Ashley Cooke, Will Weatherly, Brett Tyler)
3. “see you around” (feat. Nate Smith) (Ashley Cooke, Brett Tyler, Will Bundy)
4. “shot in the dark” (Ashley Cooke, Jordan Minton, Emily Weisband, Corey Crowder)
5. “moving on with grace” (Ashley Cooke, Rocky Block, Jake Mitchell)
6. “getting into” (Ashley Cooke, Emily Weisband, Will Weatherly)
7. “enough to leave” (Ashley Cooke, Matt Roy, Lauren Weintraub)
8. “i almost do” (Ashley Cooke, Trevor Rosen, Josh Osborne)
9. “mean girl” (feat. Colbie Caillat) (Ashley Cooke, Colbie Caillat, Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins)
10. “running back” (Ashley Cooke, Emily Weisband, Will Weatherly)
11. “good thing going” (Ashley Cooke, Matt Dragstrem, Brett Tyler, Geoff Warburton)
12. “next to you” (Ashley Cooke)
13. “good to be back” (Ashley Cooke, Hunter Phelps, Jameson Rodgers, Alysa Vanderheym)
14. “what are you on fire about” (feat. Jackson Dean) (Lainey Wilson, Jason Nix, Luke Dick)
15. “say no more” (Devin Dawson, Donovan Woods, Travis Wood)
16. “tryin’ to love you” (Ashley Cooke, Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill, Jimmy Robbins)
17. “back in the saddle” (Josh Kerr, Jordan Reynolds, Jordan Minton)
18. “your place” (Ashley Cooke, Jordan Minton, Mark Trussell)
19. “dirt on ’em” (Ashley Cooke, Jessi Alexander, Aysa Vanderheym)
20. “build a bridge” (Sasha Sloan, Ryan Hurd, Geoff Warburton, Henry Agincourt Allen)
21. “get you” (Ashley Cooke, Jacob Durrett, John Byron)
22. “never til now” (feat. Brett Young) (Ashley Cooke, Matt Roy)
23. “gonna get” (Ashley Cooke, Sasha Sloan, Blake Pendergrass, David Garcia)
24. “state i’m in” (Ashley Cooke, Emily Weisband, Jordan Reynolds)


With Big Loud / Back Blocks Music country artist Ashley Cooke, it’s best to know what you’re getting into – because this emerging star is the definition of more than meets the eye. A graceful exterior matched by a casual-cool nature. Skillfully crafted lyrics and a knack for unforgettable performance. Effortless vocal beauty and a bold sense of internal grit, freely mixing it up with the boys while she rallies the girls. And most important, a passion for capturing the magic between heartbeats, each moment as unique as she is. Still early in her journey, being herself has already served Cooke well. It has led to over 200M global streams with chart climbing hits like “Never Til Now” with Brett Young, Ryman and Grand Ole Opry debuts, national TV appearances on ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” tours with Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan and more.

Hailing from Parkland, Fla. and moved by emotional hit makers like Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson and more, Cooke embraces the energy of pop and depth of country, writing her first song by age 11. Cooke moved to Nashville at 18 and attended the prestigious Belmont University – but unlike so many others, she did not study music. After entering the schools revered Country Showcase on a whim and winning, Cooke decided to pursue music for a year. When the pandemic had other plans, Cooke went to TikTok where she built a thriving fanbase, writing and sharing country music on her own terms.

And now, on July 21, the next chapter begins with her debut album shot in the dark. Unfolding as if they were ripped from pages of her personal journal, Cooke’s sun-kissed blend of two-lane pop country is on full display in the collection’s 24 tracks, inspired by true tales of love, heartbreak and all the moments in between. Fully capturing the essence of a daring twenty-something growing up, chasing her dreams and taking risks, Cooke infuses heartfelt lyrics, captivating melodies and raw relatability as she invites listeners to come along for the ride.


Armed with a dynamic, soulful voice and a strong knack for writing charismatic lyrics, newcomer Matt Schuster may have just recently planted roots in Nashville but is primed for stardom in the Country genre. Hailing from a small town in Illinois, Schuster has had his sights set on being a singer/songwriter from a young age. After hearing Keith Urban’s “Days Go By” come through the radio waves during a hunting trip with his dad, Schuster was hooked. Now drawing inspiration from the likes of Brett Eldredge, Ed Sheeran, and John Mayer, his polished vocal range has been dubbed the love child of Chris Stapleton and Tyler Childers while he fuses the depth of Country and the versatility of pop. After organically growing his massive fanbase by curating content showcasing his favorite covers in front of the picturesque backroads he was raised on, his songwriting and unique flair were quickly noticed on TikTok. Releasing music independently for the last two years, Schuster has already found four of his songs in the top 200 of Spotify’s Country Global chart, racking up over 60M streams. His first official release of 2023, “Wasted Prayers” was penned alongside Jonny Price, Adam Yaron and further showcases Schuster’s thoroughly blended mix of smooth yet gritty delivery in the cleverly worded tale of a drunken, unanswered plea for another chance at love. Schuster is focused on continuing to earn the respect of Country music fans and looks forward to connecting with people through approachable storytelling and compelling live performance.


Vincent Mason, 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Roswell, GA, is quickly making a name for himself in Nashville. As a freshman at Ole Miss in 2020, when class never resumed in person after spring break, Vincent found himself with a lot of extra time on his hands to write songs. Although he didn’t know much about the industry, he knew that Nashville is where people went to make country music. So, with a push from his family, he relocated, locked down, and spent the next few years writing. Those songs would make up the first batch of original music that have over 10 million streams and have landed him on numerous “artists to watch” lists.

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shot in the dark Album Art | Courtesy of Big Loud Records / Back Blocks Music | Download here 

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Ashley Cooke | Image by Robby Klein | Download here


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