Ashley Riley

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    This show was on Aug 28th, 2016 | 11 people watched
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With a voice that soars strong and full and hushes soft and sweet, Ashley Riley pulls you into her songs of life's hardships and hopes. Often compared to Stevie Nicks or Jewel, her sound is something you won't soon forget: roots-pop infused with finger-style guitar, and a subtle, dreamy hint of Mazzy Star.

Ashley first took the stage as solo performer in her hometown of Decatur, IL.... more

With a voice that soars strong and full and hushes soft and sweet, Ashley Riley pulls you into her songs of life's hardships and hopes. Often compared to Stevie Nicks or Jewel, her sound is something you won't soon forget: roots-pop infused with finger-style guitar, and a subtle, dreamy hint of Mazzy Star.

Ashley first took the stage as solo performer in her hometown of Decatur, IL. Playing anywhere and everywhere as often as possible, she quickly found her place in Decatur's music scene. In the summer of 2008, Ashley released her solo debut, Last One Standing. Next, she teamed up with friends and fellow musicians Comerford and Randall Grimes, Ashley was inspired to head back into the studio and release her second full-length, Most Likely To... in the summer of 2010. Her most recent album, All The Pretty Things, was released in February of 2014.

Press fell in love with Riley’s music:

“The instant you first hear Ashley Riley’s intoxicatingly sweet vocals and catch the tinge of a delicate warble that colors her tone, you are drawn to them just as you would be attracted to any object of beauty. However, it’s the slight traces of earthy grit around the edges offering shades of intrigue that ultimately pull you in deeply and rivet your attention. On her latest offering, All The Pretty Things, the sparse arrangements allow her voice to effortlessly hold sway over the music and the result is an intensely captivating album of intimate expressions.” - AXS.com

“All The Pretty Things is engaging stuff, both rootsy and soft, as Riley provokes with complicated, though gently offered, lines. ...Those who enjoy complex singer-songwriters will find Riley's distinct voice rewarding.” - Knoxville News-Sentinel

“Riley separates herself from the herd with beautiful breathy singing, a keen sense of melody and the right amount of keys and strings in the equation. Somewhat like a younger version of Patty Griffin, she has gritty, rootsy moments but also has an easy going pop feeling that should have mass appeal. One of the best obscure female artists I’ve heard in, well, ever.” - New Noise Magazine

“Self-described as ‘dreamy alternative folk’, Riley’s two strongest tools – her soft, sweet voice and swift guitar playing – are the core of her introspective songs, though she’ll also use a full band and employ pianos, too. Lovely harmonies and Riley’s penchant for memorable songcraft give her my vote for the unknown female songstress everyone would be wise to spend time with.” - InForty.com

“Ashley’s album is... a gorgeous collection of nine beautifully crafted songs that encompasses all that is valued in the folk/rock/acoustic scene. Added to her exquisite vocals, Ashley shows she’s no mean song writer in both lyrical content and melody construction. ...Straight from the acoustic opener ‘Made of Dreams’ through to the tranquil closer ‘Lie To Me’, where Ashley shows she’s the master of the slow song, Americana fans will drool over the enchanting quality.” - Three Chords and the Truth

“With a voice and style somewhere between Jewel and Martina McBride, Riley sings wistfully and invites us into the soft world she has created.” - Innocent Words Magazine

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