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David Holt and the Lightning Bolts
Isis Music Hall and Restaurant
Saturday, June 22
828-575-2737
743 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806
Tickets:http://isisasheville.com/events/david-holt-and-the-lightning-bolts/
$18 advance / $20 at the door; 5pm doors; 9pm show

This is a seated concert with dinner reservations.  Reservations can be made by calling Isis at 828-575-2737.  There are a limited number of reservations at tables of 4 or 8. There is also theater-style and limited balcony seating seating available on a first come first serve basis.

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David Holt and the Lightning Bolts delivers old-time music with a new time jolt. With over ten different instruments including: banjo, fiddle, bottleneck blues guitar, mouth bow and even paper bag the Lightning Bolts present an entertaining and dynamic show filled with humor, stories and music.

Four-time Grammy winner David Holt has assembled a group of stellar musicians and entertainers: Laura Boosinger, Josh Goforth, David Cohen and Jeff Hersk who bring to life the joy and spirit of mountain music. Every concert sizzles with music learned directly from musical greats like Doc Watson, Tommy Jarrell, Grandpa Jones, Roy Acuff and the oldest person in the world, 123-year- old Susie Brunson. Using large black and white photographs taken by David of his mentors the audience hears the true life stories behind the songs and tunes. www.davidholt.com 

David Holt:
For over thirty years, David Holt has been living in the Blue Ridge Mountains collecting and performing the songs and stories of the old-time mountaineers. He has learned this treasure trove of music directly from musical greats like Fred Cockerham, Byard Ray, Grandpa Jones, Roy Acuff and the oldest person in the world, 123-year-old Susie Brunson. David is a four-time Grammy Award winner. Winning two Grammys with Doc Watson for their 3 CD set “Legacy.”

He is known for his folk music and storytelling recordings, his numerous programs on PBS including Folkways and Great Scenic Railway Journeys, Riverwalk Jazz on public radio, and for his popular concerts performed throughout the country. He was founder and director of the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College from 1975-1981. He is a three-time winner of Frets magazine readers’ poll for “best old-time banjoist.” Southern Living magazine recently featured David as a “Southerner Making a Difference.”

Laura Boosinger:
Laura came to the Swannanoa Valley in 1976 as a student in the Appalachian Music Program at Warren Wilson College. She was one of David Holt’s most outstanding students and upon graduation became a full time performer of mountain music. Says Boosinger, “I became acquainted with a variety of families for whom traditional music was a natural part of their lives. My relationships with Quay and Sue Smathers, and the Luke Smathers String Band of Haywood County, became lasting friendships that I count as some of my most valuable.” Laura took David’s place as Luke’s banjo player in 1984 and played in his band for the next 13 years. Her recording “Down the Road” celebrates the music of the region’s great musicians. Today, Laura Boosinger gives back the music she has gathered to the many young people she works with in schools throughout the South. She is director of the Madison County Arts Council, Madison Country, NC. http://www.lauraboosinger.com

Josh Goforth:
Josh was raised around traditional music in rural Madison County, NC. He has become one of rising stars of acoustic music and a Grammy Nominee. David met Josh when he was a fourteen-year-old student in Madison County. Josh is a descendent of many of the same people David learned from when he first came to NC in 1969.

After high school he went to East Tennessee State University to study music education, and to be a part of ETSU’s famous Bluegrass and Country Music Program. In 2000, he played fiddle for the movie “Songcatcher,” both onscreen and on the soundtrack. He has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles, including the ETSU bluegrass band, with David Holt and Laura Boosinger, and with several bluegrass bands including Appalachian Trail, Carolina Road, Open Road, and The Josh Goforth Band. He has performed all over the United States as well as Europe and Asia. In 2000,2003, and 2005, he was named Fiddler of the Festival at Fiddler’s Grove making him the youngest ever 3 time winner. This secured him the title “Master Fiddler.”

Jeff Hersk:
The upright bass became Jeff’s obsession about 10 years ago, after much less satisfying careers in auto body repair, rural homesteading, and computer programming. He played guitar for many years, performing in rock bands in Canada and California in the ’70s, but now finds that he was meant to be a bassist. Jeff replaced Zeb Holt (David’s son) when Zeb moved to NYC to work for NBC.

Byron Hedgepeth:
Byron Hedgepeth,is among the most versatile percussionists in the southeast, performing and recording regularly with a wide variety of artists across genres from jazz to classical to old-time music.

Watch David Holt Perform:
“Sittin’ on Top of the World”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQG09VWR7e8

“Johnson Boys”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9fSaNRigYU

http://www.davidholt.com

 

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The Honeycutters Debut New Song on WNCW!
Kickstarter Campaign Update, Tour Dates

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CLICK to Visit The Honeycutters’ Kickstarter Site!

The Honeycutters just debuted a new song on WNCW, are about to embark on an extensive tour throughout the northwest, and are in the last ten days of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a Spring 2014 album release! The band is fronted by vocalist and songwriter, Amanda Anne Platt and lead guitarist/ producer Peter James and includes Tal Taylor on mandolin, bassist Rick Cooper, and Josh Milligan on drums. For a FREE download of a sampler of The Honeycutters’ music, visit NoiseTrade: http://bit.ly/honeycuttersntm.

Last weekend was great week for The Honeycutters! They had a pair of hometown shows at the Isis Music Hall in Asheville with a more formal sit down dinner crowd on Friday night and a sold-out standing room only show on Saturday night. Check out this great review of the show in the Mountain Xpress by Alli Marshall. They’ll be LIVE on WGWG in Boiling Springs, NC at 2 PM Eastern on Thursday, May 30th. You can listen here!!

They just introduced a brand new song “Wedding Song” and have been thinking of putting it on the new record but haven’t made up their minds yet! Please let us know what you think of it by posted a comment below or leave a note on their facebook wall! Watch the performance of the song below.

The Honeycutters – Wedding Song (Live at WNCW on 5/15/13)

The Honeycutters are currently being featured on CMT Concrete Country!! CMT got a few videos of the band playing at their headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee with performances of “Oh Me, Oh My,” “Waiting in the Morning” and “90 Miles.”

There is still time to jump on The Honeycutters honey train to raise funds for their 4th album through Kickstarter. They’ve had over 180 fans pledge over $19,000 but they need to make it to $28,000 in 10 days or they don’t get any of it :(. You can pledge by going to the Honeycutters Kickstarter page and pledging whatever you can give in support of their next record. There are many great incentives at every level including a day at the studio w/ The Honeycutters; handwritten lyrics booklets to accompany the album; house concerts featuring The Honeycutters; an invitation to a either a guitar workshop w/ Peter James or a songwriting workshop w/ Amanda Anne Platt; a special edition poster; pre-release copies of the album; stickers; digital downloads and more.

Upcoming Honeycutters Shows:
May 29, 2013 – Raleigh, NC @ The Berkeley Cafe
May 30, 2013 – Charlotte, NC @ US National Whitewater Center
Jun 1, 2013 – Nelsonville, OH @ Hocking College – Nelsonville Music Festival
Jun 5, 2013 – Bend, OR @ Old Saint Francis/Father Luke’s
Jun 6, 2013 – Portland, OR @ Kennedy School
Jun 7, 2013 – McMinnville, OR @ Hotel Oregon
Jun 8, 2013 – Bainbridge Island, WA @ Treehouse Cafe
Jun 9, 2013 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
Jun 11, 2013 – Centralia, WA @ Oly Club
Jun 12, 2013 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Little Red Shed
Jun 13, 2013 – Gearhart, OR @ Sand Trap Pub
Jun 14, 2013 – Forest Grove, OR @ Grand Lodge
Jun 15, 2013 – Seattle, WA @ Conor Byrne Pub
Jun 16, 2013 – Bellingham, WA @ The Green Frog Cafe and Acoustic Tavern
Jun 27, 2013 – Cullowhee, NC @ Univ Ctr. Central Plaza – WCU’s Summer Concert Series
Jun 28, 2013 – Lexington, NC @ High Rock Outfitters
Jun 29, 2013 – Knoxville, TN @ Barley’s (Amanda Anne Platt solo)
Jul 4, 2013 – Athens, GA @ The Melting Point – Classic City American Music Festival
Jul 5, 2013 – Isle Of Palms, SC @ Windjammer
Jul 11, 2013 – Opelika, AL @ The Overall Company
Jul 12, 2013 – Birmingham, AL @ Moonlight on The Mountain Concert Series
Jul 19, 2013 – Juliette, GA @ Juliette Opry
Jul 20, 2013 –  Eastman, GA @ The Magnolia Theater
Aug 10, 2013 – Willits, CA @ Dead on the Creek – Dead on the Creek Music Weekend
Aug 23, 2013 – Tryon, NC @ Rogers Park Summer Tracks Concert Series
Aug 25, 2013 – Flat Rock, NC @ Music by the Lake Concert Series at Blue Ridge Community College
Sep 6, 2013 – Nelsonville, OH @ Stuart’s Opera House
Sep 7, 2013 –   Harmony, PA @ Harmony Music Festival
Mar 30, 2014 – Fripp Island, SC @ Fripp Island Community Center

WHEN BITTER MET SWEET

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If you haven’t already, pick up a copy at a show or on Amazon!

You can also stream the album on Spotify!

For more updates visit: www.thehoneycutters.com

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Head for the Hills Set to Release ‘Blue Ruin’ on July 9th
Specialized pre-order packages are available now at: www.headforthehillsmusic.com/blueruin

 Blue Ruin Cover Art No Text“On top of modern string music,” –-Bluegrass Today

“Best in Colorado Bluegrass” —Westword Showcase Readers Poll

“Cutting edge. Listeners will fully enjoy this unique sound,” —Drew Emmitt, Leftover Salmon

“Head for the Hills possesses that secret ingredient,” —Ryan Dembinsky, Glide Magazine’s Hidden Track

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Head for the Hills is pleased to announce their third studio album, Blue Ruin, slated for release on July 9th, 2013. Blue Ruin, sees the Colorado quartet fusing bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop and indie rock into songs inspired by love and misery and comic books. Think Meta-fictional sea shanties, pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism, twang and punch. Featuring twelve new original songs marked by moving narratives and stellar musicianship, Blue Ruin showcases the quartet’s contemporary take on acoustic music; embracing the bluegrass pedigree while looking forward.

Head for the Hills with Keith Berson PhotographyHead for the Hills is Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins. The quartet has been bringing their music to audiences from Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has issued two studio records and one live, have been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Fort Collins, CO beloved Odell Brewing Company in May 2013 and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Head for the Hills, 2010).

Recorded and mixed in Fort Collins, Colorado at Swingfingers Studios with ace engineer and banjoist Aaron Youngberg (Martha Scanlan, Cahalen Morrison and Eli West), Blue Ruin features contributions from Andy Hall (The Infamous Stringdusters), James Thomas, Gabe Mervine (The Motet), and more. Renowned screen print artist Timothy Doyle (Muse, The Black Keys, Lucas Films, NASA) created the stunning cover art and Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer David Glasser rounds out the production team. This is Head for the Hills at their most artistically fulfilled: self-produced and in top form. Blue Ruin is more than just a “bluegrass” record—it’s a Head for the Hills record.

Blue Ruin Track Listing
1. Take Me Back
2. Never Does
3. Blue Ruin
4. Priscilla the Chinchilla
5. Look at You Now
6. Wish You Well
7. Lover’s Scorn
8. Dependency Co.
9. Bosun Ridley
10. Breakfast Noir
11. Scrap Metal
12. Light the Way

For a sneak peak of the album, watch this fun Blue Ruin Preview Video

H4TH Tour Dates
This year they have opened for Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon at a variety of venues and hosted their own sold out music festival – Pickin’ on the Poudre at the historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre (Bellvue, CO). The summer brings them to RockyGrass, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks Music Festival, Salmonstock and more.

For the most up-to-date list of tour dates click here.

Stay tuned for more about the new release on the band’s website and social networks. www.headforthehillsmusic.com

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Very cool!! I just found out I won the editors choice for the Relix Magazine Fan Photo Contest for my photo of Peter Rowan and Ronnie McCoury at Suwannee Springfest!!!!

See all of the winning photos here: http://www.relix.com/blogs/exposed/2013/05/22/the-facebook-photo-contest-top-10

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Donna The Buffalo On Tour With New Album

Donna the Buffalo Set To Unveil First Studio Album in Five Years,
Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday
, On June 18

SUG-4098_cover copyMore energized and focused than ever before in their near 25-year career, roots-music troubadours Donna the Buffalo will debut their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18 via Sugar Hill Records. The follow up to 2008’s acclaimed Silverlined, which reached the Top 10 on the Americana charts, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday—the group’s 10th studio album—proves the band as a consistent steward of Americana music, their signature sound—traditional mountain music infused with elements of Cajun, rock, folk, reggae and country—an eclectic and extraordinary melting pot of such.

In creating the new album, founding members and songwriter-vocalists Jeb Puryear (vocals, guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard)—joined by band members David McCracken (Hammond organ, clavinet), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums)—convened in a rustic church in Enfield, New York, along with co-producer and fellow upstate New Yorker, Robert Hunter (Branford Marsalis). The building overflowed with vibe, and the music poured out as the group recorded take after live take to old-school analog tape, with as few overdubs as possible. What resulted are the 14 organic and authentic tracks that make up Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday.

“We tried to do the record and keep in tact the things people love about us,” says Puryear. “We’re really excited to start sharing Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday,” adds Nevins, “because making this record was a very personal process that was also a lot of fun.”

The album will be worked at Americana and AAA radio this spring and summer, with the emphasis track being “I See How You Are,” a tune penned by Nevins. In addition, the band will be touring heavily throughout the remainder of the year to promote Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Festival dates include MerleFest, The Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, Nashville’s Dancin’ In the District, Strangecreek Music Festival, Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival, The Great Blue Heron Festival, Red Ants Pants Festival, Targhee Bluegrass Fest, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and MagnoliaFest, among many others.

Donna the Buffalo on Tour
Thu 5/16 Edinboro, PA – Edinboro Art & Music Festival
Fri 5/17 Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theater
Sat 5/18 Monroeville, NJ – Camp Jam in the Pines
Sun 5/19 New York, NY – City Winery
Sun 5/26 Greenfield, MA – Strangecreek Music Festival
Thu 6/13 Nashville, TN – Nashville Dancin’ – Riverfront Park
Fri 6/14 Raleigh, NC – Southland Ballroom
Sat 6/15 Tryon, NC – Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival
Thu 6/20 Natick, MA – Natick Center for the Arts
Fri 6/21 Naples, NY – Inspire Winery
Sat 6/22 Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
Sat-Sun 7/5-7/7 Sherman, NY – The Great Blue Heron Festival
Fri 7/12 Rochester, NY – Rochester Public Market’s Bands on the Bricks
Sat 7/13 Shirley, MA – The Bull Run Concert Series
Sun 7/14 Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
Thu-Sun 7/18-21 Trumansburg, NY – Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival
Fri 7/26 White Sulphur Springs, MT – Red Ants Pants
Sat 7/27 Spokane, WA – The Center
Sun 7/28 Seattle, WA – The Tractor
Mon 7/29 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Tue 7/30 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
Thu 8/1 Los Angeles – The Mint
Fri 8/2 Pioneertown, CA – Pappy and Harriets
Sat 8/3 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Sun 8/4 Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
Mon 8/5 Chico, CA – The Big Room @ The Sierra Nevada
Thu 8/8 Park City, UT – Newpark Town Center
Fri 8/9 Denver, CO – Oriental Theatre
Sat 8/10 Alta, WY – Targhee Bluegrass Fest at Grand Targhee
Sat 8/31 Friendsville, PA – The Choconut Inn
Tue 9/3 Bijou Theater – Knoxville, TN
Sat 9/14 Floyd VA – Chateau Mossisette
Sun 9/15 Annapolis, MD – Rams Head Tavern
Sat-Sun 10/19-20 Live Oak, FL – MagnoliaFest

For more information, please visit www.donnathebuffalo.com and facebook.com/donnathebuffalo

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The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville on
May 24-26, 2013
Introduces Outdoor Gear Builders Village

Get your groove on at Mountain Sports Festival in the spectacular mountain town of Asheville, NC on May 24-26, 2013! Hiking, biking, paddling, running, cyclocross, races, local beer, lots of exhibitors, workshops & an amazing lineup of live music!

newMSFlogoSPORTS – Triathlon, 5k, Rock2Rock, Disc Golf, Ultimate, YOGA, Cyclocross

MUSIC – With a great lineup of indie and local bands; Brushfire Stankgrass , Bonerama , Jeff Sipe Trio, The Fritz, The Packway Handle Band, Jason Daniello, Jon Stickley Trio, Bear Down Easy, The Whiskey Grins, Chalwa, Cedric Burnside & Eleanor Underhill Solo!

CAUSES – Asheville Greenworks, Western North Carolina Alliance & Riverkeeper, City of Asheville Parks & Recreation

BEER – In cooperation with Highland Brewing Company  & Oskar Blues

The MSF Festival Village is located at Carrier Park on Amboy Road along the scenic French Broad River in west Asheville offering wide open spaces and plenty of parking and room to spread out and enjoy all the great MSF activities. Directions: http://mountainsportsfestival.com/events/map

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The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville on May 24-26, 2013, with an impressive lineup to entice any pro or amateur athlete to test themselves in mountain sports. The 3 day festival brings in over 15,000 visitors and competitors in Asheville, NC, the center of the East Coast outdoor life.  Along with the competition, athletes and spectators alike will find plenty of action at the Festival Village at Carrier Park, located along the French Broad River in Asheville.

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountain region of the Appalachians, Asheville is the venue for a long list of competitive events coupled with entertainment, demos and exhibitors. Many sports festivals offer competition, but few add the mountainous terrain to take it up a notch for serious challenge and endurance.  When not out at the races, the Festival Village is the place to be along the scenic French Broad River in West Asheville.

This year Mountain Sports Festival introduces Outdoor Gear Builders Village. The Festival has worked to bring a focus on local manufacturing, bringing 15 of the mountains most innovative and unique Outdoor Gear manufacturers.  The Outdoor Gear Builders Village will be packed with outdoor adventure gear manufacturers and exhibitors showing off their wares, while demonstrating all the latest equipment with tips and techniques for enjoying the outdoors.

MSFBikersRaces and competitions will take place throughout the weekend, beginning with Rock-2-Rock Trail Run in Black Mountain and the Disc Golf Challenge at Festival Village. These events will showcase some of the best disc golf tricks and shots, followed by the Asheville Cyclocross, Race beginning at Festival Village. Things will heat up early on Saturday with a full schedule of high-energy competition highlighted by the Girls on the Run Rise & Shine 5k, Mountain Disc Golf Challenge, French Broad Challenge Triathlon, Dodgeball Tournament and Complimentary Yoga.  By Sunday, the events are still in high gear with day two of the Mountain Disc Golf Experience, Sand Volleyball Tournament, and the Ultimate Frisbee Clinic.

The Festival Village Main Stage will be going solid, beginning Friday night and running through Sunday afternoon with a broad mix of live music featuring local and national acts. This Year’s headliners are locals Brushfire Stankgrass on Friday and Bonerama from New Orleans on Saturday Night. The full lineup includes Jeff Sipe Trio, The Fritz, Jeff Sipe Trio, The Packway Handle Band, Jason Daniello, Jon Stickley Trio, Bear Down Easy, The Whiskey Grins, Chalwa, Cedric Burnside & Eleanor Underhill Solo.

About Mountain Sports Festival

The Mountain Sports Festival is organized by a volunteer group of community oriented citizens dedicated to the presenting of a well balanced series of outdoor events that encourage participation on all levels.

www.MountainSportsFestival.com

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Ashleigh Flynn Releases “A Million Stars” TODAY May 14th
On Tour With The Wood Brothers This Spring

A Million Stars is now available at
iTunes: http://bit.ly/17pV0Kq & CD Baby: http://bit.ly/11Bv8tO
Featuring Chris Funk, Todd Snider, Annalisa Tornfelt & more

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Portland, Oregon-based Ashleigh Flynn releases her latest CD, A Million Stars today, May 14, 2013. It is Flynn’s fourth studio effort on her own Home Perm Records, is produced by Chris Funk, her longtime friend and musical collaborator, best-known as the Decemberists’ multi-instrumentalist. The record features Todd Snider and many of Portland’s most talented musicians including, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Nate Query, John Moen, Annalisa Tornfelt, and the Stolen Sweets singers, among others.

Kind Words About A Million Stars:
“Her songs are stories first. That they’re backed by occasionally dark, occasionally rollicking instrumentals depends on what the songs themselves call for. Sure, her Kentucky roots are always showing, but ‘Prohibition Rose’ swings with a subtle Vaudeville style, while ‘The West Was Won’ sounds like it could have come off a Juliana Hatfield disc.” –Kim Reuhl, NoDepression First Spin

“If you enjoy the music of Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin or Nanci Griffith, you’re sure to fall in love with singer/songwriter Ashleigh Flynn. Not only is Flynn a talented musician, with stellar vocals, she’s most notably gifted storyteller with a vibrant and upbeat stage personality.” –Kathy Belge, LesbianLife at About.com

“Ashleigh Flynn represents the next generation of true songwriters. She rules!” –Nanci Griffith

“One of my favorite people to perform and hang out with is Ashleigh Flynn. Her lyrics are smart, she’s got a voice full of soul, and she knows how to handle a crowd.” –Todd Snider

Ashleigh Flynn On Tour
Wed 5/15 Tallahassee, FL – Mockingbird Cafe
Sun 6/2  Ithaca, NY – The Haunt*
Tue 6/4 Burlington, VT –  Higher Ground Showcase Lounge*
Wed 6/5 Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Performing Arts*
Thu 6/6 Norfolk CT – Infinity Hall*
Fri 6/7 Londonderry, NH – Tupelo Music Hall*
Sat 6/8 Boston, MA – TOAD
Sun 6/9 New York, NY – The Living Room
Thu 7/11 Portland, OR – Portland Parks Summer Concerts – Wallace Park
Fri-Sun 7/12-14, 2013 – Veneta, OR  Oregon Country Fair
Sat-Sun 7/21-22 Long Beach, WA – Adrift Hotel
Fri 8/2 Hood River, OR – Springhouse Cellars+
Thu 8/15 Sauvie Island, OR – Farm Tune Series -Kruger’s Farms

*Opening for The Wood Brothers
+ Opening for Black Prairie

Ashleigh Flynn was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting LISTEN to the full interview

More About A Million Stars
A Million Stars continues the inspired narrative Flynn began on earlier records with tales deeply rooted in the American experience. The most profound seed of inspiration for the new record was a watercolor painted by her young niece depicting a cowgirl atop her horse under a starry desert sky. Who was this girl so confidently astride her mount? Calamity Jane? Surely there were others like her? Discovering the painting led her on a quest to learn more about the women of the westward expansion, unnamed heroes that history had largely overlooked.  

The album’s twelve tracks represent true blue Americana featuring a bit of folk, blues, country and rock. The title cut, “A Million Stars”, chronicles the story of Cattle Annie and Little Britches, two cowgirls who rode the outlaw trails in the late 1800s, disguised as men, so as to gain entrée onto the frontier, a place not seen fit for a woman. “See That Light”, a seemingly fun little blues ditty but with a strong message, features Todd Snider, Flynn’s musical mentor, who plays the voice of reason and, in his sermon to those who might judge certain types of love unlike their own, warns of the resulting harm caused by such hypocrisy. Other highlights include a bluegrass tune “Dirty Hands and Dirty Feet”, an overall tribute to Loretta Lynn;  a vintage jazz tune about Portland’s own “Prohibition Rose”; and “A Little Low”, a memorial to one of her friends, Nancy Bergeson – Assistant US Federal Defender who was murdered, and whose murder is still unsolved. “Walk Awhile”, recorded live at Search Party West, features party goers on parts of the chorus adding a fun and unique element.

AFlynn2_byRichardHALLMAN1971Flynn has performed at many a music festival including Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Falcon Ridge Folk, High Sierra, Gamble Rogers, Sisters Folk, and most recently the 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida. She has also traveled the globe, peddling her wares, and regularly warming tours for Todd Snider and Nanci Griffith, as well as opening shows for John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, and Band of Heathens, among others. American Dream (2008) landed Flynn spots on many national & internationally syndicated radio programs that celebrate Americana music, including Mountain Stage, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, and NPR.

For more information, please visit: www.ashleighflynn.com

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