In the intimate setting of Kettle Falls’ historic Woodland Theater, guitar slinger Alex Ashley, of Bellingham, Wash., will take the stage for an evening of original roots music and storytelling on Saturday, November 12. Opening the show will be The Powers, a dynamic five-piece indie folk troupe from Coeur d’Alene, Id.
“Alex Ashley’s … songwriting takes you inside yourself and then out…impressing the beauty and danger of the complex world we live in,” says Zan Agzigian, host and producer at Spokane Public Radio, KPBX 91.1 FM. “The heart is best kept safe through lyrical wanderings … [and he is] a singer-songwriter to watch for, and listen to in these days of ours…”
“Masterfully weaving the old with the new, Alex Ashley brings fresh eyes and an old soul to the gritty realities of life and love lost,” says Dillon Honcoop, with the Cascade Radio Group. “With an unorthodox approach, Ashley delivers heartfelt vocals and wields his well-worn six-string to stir fresh reflection on the human condition in a way only honest American music can. And that’s what he makes: real music of the tortured and fiercely independent West, rooted firmly in the musical traditions of country and rock and roll.”
Ashley brings a fresh musical perspective to familiar genres, with a surprise tenor that soars over striking, slideheavy instrumental work. “I’m not sure who wrote the rules on guitar playing,” Ashley says, “but I try to break as many as I can. I took one year of lessons as a kid, and drove my teacher crazy. Everything I do is impossible for other players to follow because it’s all reverse, and I use my thumb a lot to reach notes that should be on the opposite side of the guitar. It means I can do things other players don’t think to do because I’m seeing everything differently.”
“As a musician and recording artist myself,” says Stazya Richman, who works with the Woodland in planning its events, “it is a privilege and a pleasure to have Alex Ashley back in town! Colville is already thriving with local talent musically, as the many festivals attest, and we need more wonderful music making and storytelling. It is a precious art form.”
Ashley is currently preparing a full-length album. He released a digital-only all-acoustic EP, “Love Sound Sessions,” available online.
Tickets are $15 and available online at http://alexashleywoodland.brownpapertickets.com/. Some physical tickets will be provided at the door, or you can get them in advance at Yonder Mountain Music at 535 Meyers St, Kettle Falls, WA 99141. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m.