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Choose: “American Dream“, “Knock On Wood” and “Dressed & Ready” to hear three tracks from Ashleigh’s “American Dream” album:
A recent review from Maverick Magazine:
The Wheelhouse, Wombwell, April 11, 2010
“Ashleigh Flynn’s first words from the specially extended stage at the Wheelhouse tonight were “I love this place”. The stage, modified to cater for the supporting trio, provided ample space for Ashleigh to maneuver during two thoroughly engaging sets with still enough room in the place for the once again eager audience.
Originally from Kentucky, but now resident in Portland, Oregon, the singer-songwriter grew up beside the Ohio River with all its romanticised Mark Twain landscape, of steamboats and barges making their way along the muddy Mississippi.
Described variously as ‘the darling of the NW Americana scene’ and ‘Americana’s answer to Norah Jones’, as well as one who is in possession of a ‘pitch perfect voice of an angel’, the charismatic singer-songwriter arrived at the Wheelhouse towards the end of the third week of the European stint of her current tour.
Ashleigh captivated her audience tonight with her charming personality together with a bunch of well-crafted songs, mainly hand picked from her third and most critically acclaimed album to date AMERICAN DREAM and proved to this doubting journalist that she could indeed perform the songs from the album with just an acoustic guitar and harmonica”.
Ashleigh was born and raised in Kentucky but is now based in Portland, Oregon where she has become the North-West’s premiere singer/songwriter. After recently touring with Nanci Griffith and Todd Snider she is heading to these shores for a short tour and appearing at Grateful Fred’s on Thursday 7th October.
“Possessing vocals graced with otherworldy clarity, it’s tempting to call Ashleigh Flynn Americana’s answer to Norah Jones. That comparison, however, hardly describes Flynn’s genuinely compelling storytelling.” Performing Songwriter
“I haven’t been knocked out by a female songwriter like this since I first encountered a young Patty Griffin or Nanci Griffith.” High Sierra Review
“Even a casual listen forces comparisons to Sheryl Crow but the deeper you explore her music, the more you appreciate the complexity of her skills and the depth of her talent. …It’s not a matter of if, but when she breaks on to the national scene.” Music Spectator 2007
“Not only does Flynn craft fine songs and possess the pitch perfect voice of an angel, in person she is funny and charming Expect a real professional classy show.” Eugene Register
“Ashleigh Flynn’s soulful music is a great escape from the usual. For those of you looking for something new and beautiful, this Kentucky woman is your ticket.” La Cityzine
“Her latest release makes it clear that she’s got the natural vocal soulfulness separating the contenders from the pretenders….[Flynn's] American Dream is true blue Americana.” – PASTE Magazine
“The true triumph is Flynn’s mastery of her own voice, the most satisfying rootsy gal album to come out of since 2002″ Willamette Week (of American Dream 2008)
Ashleigh Flynn’s most recent release, American Dream, is alive with stories about down-and-outers, young and old, all still hopeful, as is Flynn, that they can achieve the American Dream. The emotional depth and stellar storytelling will no doubt continue her trajectory of national acclaim and impressive sales. American Dream has won Flynn huge praise, as well as performance spots on Mountain Stage (NPR’s nationally syndicated live music show), across the US with Nanci Griffith and Todd Snider:
From Kentucky, Ashleigh Flynn grew up foot stomping along the Ohio River as the steamboats and barges made their way to the muddy Mississippi. An electrifying performer blessed with unbridled charisma, Flynn has released two previous full-length studio efforts, Chokecherry (2002) and Ashleigh Flynn, self-titled (1999), and a live recording Live at Mississippi Studios (2005). The Village Voice regards Ashleigh as “A darling of the NW Americana scene”, writing: “Flynn adds a smoky soulful voice. . . marrying styles such as bluegrass to pop.”
On American Dream, listeners join Flynn in exploring profound questions about the historical and political consequences of manifest destiny. Beguiling and wise, Flynn’s musical poetry muses on the expansive American Dream.