Wed Oct 31
  • Songbirds South
  • 9:00pm
  • $12 Advanced Ticket, $15 General Admission Ticket
Songbirds South Stage

Ashley and The X's CD Release & Halloween Party

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Doors: 8 PM | Show: 9 PM | 18+ only with valid ID | Limited Seating | VIP Available  Ashley and the X's Ashley and the Xs will hold an album release party October 31 at Songbirds South, located at 35 Station Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408. The event starts at 9 p.m. Ashley and the Xs will open the event, then there will be a surprise intermission and Dr. B and The Ease will close out the evening. A costume contest will be held that night as well, so make sure you come out wearing your Halloween best.The first thing you hear when listening to Ashley and the Xs' new album is the sound powerful, steam-engine sounds of a freight train chugging, introducing the first song "The Train Song". That's a good metaphor for the Chattanooga-based band, which has become a beloved institution in the Scenic City over the past several years. They keep chugging along, always getting better at their craft, evolving into a powerful, musical force that's poised to take the world by storm. With the band's second album release, The Black Cat Sings, they take their sound - a fluid mix of soulful, rock, funk and blues, country and gospel - and build on it, elevating it to near-perfection. Listen to “Red” the album's first single, which music critic Joshua Pickard calls, “...a barnburner, imbued with the kind of bone-shaking swagger that so few artists can pull off with any sense of authenticity.” On The Black Cat Sings, lead singer Ashley Hicks incites pain, passion, and at times, sultriness in songs such as "Hold Me Down", and "Want You". Guitarist Matt Shigekawa plays off her emotion. If a guitar can have emotions, Shigekawa manages to extract every one humanly possible form his instrument of choice. All the while, bassist and multi-instrumentalist Eric Parham and drummer Dan Walker provide the stability and foundation needed to bring each song to complete musical satisfaction to listeners, enticing them to listen over and over again. Formed in 2009, Ashley and the X’s combines the sultry yet commanding vocals of Hicks with the steadfast ease of the X’s, with Matt Shigekawa on guitar, multi-instrumentalist Eric Parham and Dan Walker on the drums.“Tom Waits is a life-changing musical influence for me,” says Hicks. “Without him, I would have never started performing.” Waits might have inspired her to start singing, but her voice sounds much more like Etta James.Music critic Marc Michael says, “...Ashley has boldly ascended to the rank of one of the very best vocalists in town, tossing out power, control, emotion and slinky glissandos like it’s no big deal. The band is no less accomplished; the interplay of instruments is like watching the gears of a clock. Precise and measured, their execution is flawless. I don’t know they’d appreciate the comparison or not, but the tone and rhythm (especially the tone of Shigekawa’s guitar) is reminiscent of Creedence Clearwater Revival in their heyday…”Ashley and the Xs has opened for the likes of Shovels & Rope, Grammy-winner Mike Ferris, Holly Golightly and Drivin’ N Cryin’. Support:  Dr. B & The Ease: Lay a bed of blues, spread some jam and you've got the soulful sounds of Dr. B & The Ease

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