Look It Up

Album: Where Country Grows (2011)
Charted: 95
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  • This slice of revenge against a cheating lover is the first single from Country music artist Ashton Shepherd's second album. Shepherd penned the song together with Angaleena Presley and Robert Ellis.
  • Shepherd explained the song's meaning on her record label's website: "'Look It Up' is a song about somebody who is officially done with something to the point that they are really over it. It's almost like they aren't that mad anymore, just ready to be through with it, just done. 'Done' is a good word." She added: "This song is a real-people song. People go through it every day and people want to be over it. Even the people that aren't over it and are still clinging to something, this is the song they need to hear to lighten their minds."
  • This was the first song Shepherd recorded in Nashville for her sophomore album. "Everybody in the studio just erupted when they first heard 'Look it Up,'" she recalled. "The band members especially were like, 'What a great song!' It turned out to be one of the most fun songs I've ever recorded. I'm really excited about it. It's been very fun and surprising all along to watch people's reaction to it."
  • Shepherd told The Boot how she vented out her own feelings and fears on this song: "Talking about feeding off of your own feelings inside the song, my sister and a close friend have gone through some pretty rough stuff with their spouses before with cheating. And you have to wonder sometimes, is it the man that you really want to look at and throw under the bus, or is it that piece of trash riding around in the pickup truck? Because the piece of trash, so to speak, is very alluring and very seductress-like. For me and my husband, one of my biggest peeves is that I can't stand for an old friend or a woman to walk in the room and just run up and speak to my husband but they don't talk to me. Or, if my husband's gonna ride somewhere with his brother, and they're gonna go up to town for a minute and go have a drink. I'm not really worried about him, I'm worried about that ole gal he dated in school ... I know how she is. He may not be looking for a thing, but you drink four or five beers and you let somebody start that stuff, and I know, because I've watched it, and I get ill about it. I'm able to vent out some of the feelings in the song [laughs]."
  • Shepherd found the song's music video fun to film. Said the country songstress: "When I read the concept, I thought, 'This is perfect!' Yard sale, I am mad, I am selling this guy's mess, he's fixing to be out of my life, I'm through with this, and it's such a fun little idea that he just can't catch up with her. He's tryin' to get back everything, and then on top of that he's losing her. I like the fact that it's me in my little plain outfit in the beginning, and then to me at the end of the video in the performance scene is like, 'I'm over it. I'm going out tonight, looking like this, without you.' I just love the whole idea."
  • The music video was shot on location at Ashton's home in Leroy, Alabama, and at the 'Pickin' Shed' on her property where she works on her songs. "The label [Universal Music Group], from the beginning, has wanted to capture where I'm from," she explained to The Boot. "Who I am as a person and what me and my husband do at home kind of gives the audience a little piece of our life and who we are. Not just the music that we play or seeing us at the big flashy shows all the time, but us at home as real people. It's just about making people feel at home and feel comfortable and relate. It's something we're proud of and people have really seemed to respond well to it, so we thought why not elaborate on it."


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