Sarah Ashley will be our first artist interview here on Mudcat Country Radio. We have been playing her songs for the past 2 or 3 weeks and think it has the value it needs to be part of our playlist. Find more about her below.
Bio: Sarah Ashley is an independent singer songwriter based in Nashville Tennessee and is now making her original music available to the public. Sarah’s early musical beginnings were banging on pots and pans then Sarah began singing at age three when her mother bought her a microphone from Fisher Price and she never stop singing. Her musical style is modern country rock, which came from multiple influences during her childhood listening to The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, and various classic 1940’s country artists. Sarah’s parents always had some music playing in the background at home while she was growing up, in fact her father wired the entire house with speakers inside and out. Sarah learned of her family’s talents hearing the stories of her family members being involved with music in churches and playing multiple instruments. Sarah remembers that whenever she was at her grandparents house, on her father’s side of the family, and she would get into trouble, Sarah’s punishment would be to sit on the organ bench. Little did she know that her “timeouts” would turn into Sarah and her grandfather playing a duet! Sarah’s grandfather on clarinet and she on the family’s organ. Sarah now thinks it paid off being the only girl with so many rowdy boys in her family! She came to realize looking back that what she had thought was a punishment would turn out to be one of her most precious memories and may have lead to her pursuits in music. After graduating with her degree in music from the University of South Dakota, Sarah moved to Nashville, TN and began writing original songs. Sarah has been recording her songs and began releasing her music in January of 2018.
Here are some things that happened on this date in history.
- 1966 – Miranda Rights are established.
- 1972 – Hurricane Agnes was formed.
- 323 – Alexander the Great dies.
- 1975 – Linda Ronstadt has her first #1 hit on the charts.
- 1971 – The New York Times published the Pentagon Papers.
On this day in history, the following events happened that we thought our listeners/readers would be interested in.
- 1944 – John F. Kennedy receives medals for heroic actions when he was a gunboat pilot during World War 2.
- 1971 – “Honey Comb” earns a #1 hit with Want Ads.
- 1987 – Reagan challenges Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall during the Cold War.
This is a new segment that we are starting called “This Day In History.” We just picked a few tidbits of history that might interest our readers.
- In 1979 actor John Wayne dies of cancer.
- 1949 Hank Williams Sr. makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 1963 University of Alabama desegregated.
- 1967 Six Day War Ends.
It is always great to watch live performances, but performances with Hank Williams Sr. are extra special because they are rare. Hank Sr. died young but in those short years he gave us more music than any present artist has in the same timeline. What would Hank have been like if he lived longer? Would the star burn out, reinvent himself, or retire from the business? From what we know of Hank Sr, he certainly would not retire.
“A Different World” singer Bucky Covington will play at the Greencastle, Pennsylvania’s Carnival that is being continued by Green Grove Gardens since the announcement was made that the Firemen’s Carnival will no longer be held due to the sale of the land that the carnival was held on. The carnival will still be a Snyder’s Amusements event and will be held from July 2-7. Bucky will be playing July 5th at 7pm at the Antrim Way Honda Stage at Green Grove Gardens and the concert is free. Family nights will be held all week from 6:30 to 10pm and wristbands are $20.
It is finally the end of the work week for many Mudcat listeners and the beginning for those weekend workers. Travis Tritt is a great reminder as to why we wake up every morning and be the best that we can be. In these sad days in country music, good songs like this one, that put you in the mood of something wonderful, are rare. Give a listen to “It’s a Great Day To Be Alive” below.
Son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings announced on his website that new album will be released on August 10th. Unlike his last album, this one will be a country one. We already play one of the songs that will be included on the album, “Do You Love Texas.” You can preorder the album here: http://elektrar.ec/ShooterAlbum
A long haired and bearded singer/songwriter from Lexington, Kentucky, Justin Wells, currently has one studio album that he released in 2016 “Dawn In The Distance.” The song, “The Dogs,” is one of the songs that can be found on this album and a song that we recently added to the Mudcat Country Playlist. If you like new country music that actually sounds like country music then this is your guy! He is one of the many artists who are blocked by the mainstream radio when he should be ruling it.
The tides are changing in country music and sooner than later these guys will be heard. With Chris Stapleton being a new mainstream favorite and Sturgill Simpson winning album of the year in 2017, it just shows that real music is returning.
This song seems fitting for a Friday don’t you think? George Jones was the king of country and still is in many ways. He died on April 26, 2013 and left behind a legacy of songs that are still being recorded today (Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton), and loving country fans from around the world. Turn up your speakers on what ever device you are on and listen to “Finally Friday.” Do it for the Possum!