"Ashes by Now" is a song written and recorded by American country artist Rodney Crowell, whose version reached number 37 on the BillboardHot 100 in 1981. Before its release as a single, it served as the b-side to his 1978 single "Elvira."
Editors at The Toronto Sun wrote, "A thorough makeover of the Rodney Crowell classic, from one of the exceedingly rare albums with the power to unite staunch old-timers and New Country types alike." Editors at Billboard wrote, "The inventive percussion that opens this terrific single is just the beginning of the magic that producer Mark Wright and Lee Ann Womack weave. One listen to this great single and it's obvious the song is sure to throw fuel on the fire.