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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

AMS cover art for cdbaby

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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Here’s a great review of Dehlia Low’s New Album ~ LIVE. Check out the album for yourself: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dehlialow3

Dehlia Low and Firefly Soda

Hot tracks for chilly days

by Sanuk D. in Vol. 17 / Iss. 24 on 01/04/2011

When the weather turns cold and the leaves fall off the trees, it takes a little something extra to warm you up inside. Few things do the trick better than a well-hit Dobro lick. It will sort of explode in your chest and creep out to the ends of your phalanges, making them tingle with the spirit. If you don’t have a Dobro handy, you could always try some corn liquor, but ever since Popcorn passed, the warmth has been more reliably communicated by string bands like Dehlia Low. Warm, in fact, is an understatement for this hot quintet that has become a staple of the festival scene. Even over the melee of last year’s Brewgrass, Dehlia Low broadcast not only their individual talents, but also their collective synchronicity.

So their newly minted live album (simply titled Live) carries with it high expectations for anyone who has seen them perform. Dehlia Low does not disappoint, displaying its own blend of traditional and new hillbilly styles in its natural environment. The music is so well captured that, from time to time, one can forget that it’s being played live. This might be a credit to some fantastic sound engineering, but it also means that listening to the record doesn’t give one the feeling of being at a show in the way Nanci Griffith’s One Fair Summer Evening does.

Not that we were talking about summer. With the wind howling outside the cabin door, high lonesome songs about going home are easy to relate to. Most of these songs, which sound like classic tunes, are originals written by the band. When they are really cranked up, Dehlia Low all seem to be taking solos at the same time, without stepping on one another.  Instead they form a locomotive with each instrument trading position as the drive wheel. If all this motion is not enough to heat you up, you’re going to have a long, cold winter.

— Read more about albums, Asheville and life at Saunk D’s website, http://www.sanukd.com.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE AND ABOUT FIREFLY SODA’S NEW ALBUM HERE: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/010511dehlia-low-and-firefly-soda

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