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