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Tennessee-born country singer Ashley Monroe frequently lends her sweet drawl to slow-tempoed, almost folky songs about women on the edge dealing with burdensome emotional issues. On her latest album, The Blade, she looks at both the hope and desolation found in relationships. While she promises to lift a loved one up on “Weight of the Load,” she also chronicles the decision to end a romance on “Bombshell” and questions her own place in the world on the waltz-tempoed “If the Devil Don’t Want Me” with the stinging follow-up line “where the hell do I go.” Monroe isn’t all minor-key catharsis over pedal steel guitar though. All three of her albums feature a few poppier tracks, and Monroe also rocks out, honky-tonk style, as a member of the Pistol Annies, a girl group featuring Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert. Musically rooted in guitar and fiddle traditionalism but not stuck in the past, Monroe may sound best here when she weaves somber lyrics into the upbeat countrypolitan pop of “If Love Was Fair.” Ashley Monroe performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $22–$25. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.