Ashleigh Flynn & The Porch Climbers

Blues / Rock / R&B

Ashleigh Flynn & her Portland Porch Climbers West Coast Summer Tour Americana songstress and her band of merry music makers to blaze a trail to Monterey. Fresh off an eastern tour including a stop @ Delfest in Cumberland MD and a run through the Midwest with outlaw Billy Joe Shaver, come mid-August, Ashleigh Flynn & her band, the Portland Porch Climbers, will blaze a trail from their home to the San Francisco Bay peddling their brand of merry Americana along the way! One might want to venture out to hear them based on this review from her performance at the 2014 High Sierra Music Festival by JamBase: Everyone smitten with Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch should run, not walk, and immediately spin A Million Stars, the latest album from this Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter. Taken into the open air at High Sierra in a lovely day-starting Grandstand set, Flynn’s newest songs stomped their boots, plucked heart strings and generally charmed the britches off folks. Flynn is funny and slyly sincere, a storyteller able to snag details from the immediate moment, the night before, and whatever else floats into view to forge stage banter filled with off-handed wisdom and earthy understanding – fitting given how her tunes bulge with both traits. Tour stops include: Thursday, August 13: Krugers Farm Tunes Series, Portland OR Friday, August 14: Sam Bonds Garage, Eugene OR Saturday, August 15: West Coast Country Music Festival, Ashland OR Tuesday, August 18: Tuesday Concerts in the Plaza, Healdsburg, CA Thursday, August 20: Kiki Wow Presents @ the Safari Club, Monterey, CA Friday, August 21: Shelby Ash Presents: Bluegrass Bonanza @ Plough and Stars, San Francisco, CA More shows here: Ashleigh Flynn grew up in Kentucky and cut her musical teeth on Bluegrass and Motown at festivals along the Ohio River. A prolific songwriter, Flynn is also an electrifying performer blessed with unbridled charisma that garnered national attention with the release of her record, American Dream (2008). A Million Stars, Ashleigh Flynn’s most recent studio effort on her own Home Perm Records, was released in 2013. The record was produced by Chris Funk, her longtime friend and musical collaborator, best-known as the Decemberists’ multi-instrumentalist. The record features Todd Snider and many of Portland’s most talented musicians The album’s twelve tracks represent true blue Americana, a combination of folk, blues, country and rock. The title cut, “A Million Stars”, chronicles the story of Cattle Annie and Little Britches, two cowgirls who rode the outlaw trails in the late 1800s, disguised as men, to gain entrée onto the frontier, a place not seen fit for a woman. Flynn has performed at many music festivals including Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, High Sierra, Gamble Rogers, Sisters Folk, Vancouver Folk, 30A Songwriters Festival, and more. She has also traveled the globe, peddling her wares, warming tours for Todd Snider, The Wood Brothers, Nanci Griffith, and Black Prairie; as well performing on many national & internationally syndicated radio programs that celebrate Americana music, including Mountain Stage, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, MEDIA Videos: Stream-able music: REVIEWS No Depression Review of Vancouver Folk Music Fest Highlights Flynn & Co! Sometimes all you need is a lot of talent, a single microphone and a few home-made instruments. Well done, Ashleigh Flynn... Too Much Country Live Review: East X Americana - Ashleigh Flynn is SMASHING One performer with whom I wasn`t familiar, however, really caught my ear: Ashleigh Flynn. She was jokingly introduced by the emcee as "Todd Snider`s other friend." One of her songs that really got listeners` attention at East-Centric Pavilion was Dirty Hands and Dirty Feet. In addition to having a tremendous voice and compelling lyrics…you simply gotta love a group of songs that include words such as guile, polecat, hooch, hounds, and dirty feet. The Bluegrass Situation, Random Pickings with Lee Zimmerman Album Review: Ashleigh Flynn – ‘A Million Stars’ Ashleigh Flynn projects a similar feeling of affinity for all things traditional with A Million Stars (Home Perm Records), an impressive showcase for Flynn’s homespun vocals and ever-shifting melodic palate. While songs like “Rainy Days” and “A Little Low” seem to emphasize the mellower side of Flynn’s whimsical musings, other tracks reflect an artist who imbues her style with a wink and a nudge. “How the West Was Won,” “New Angel in Heaven” and “See That Light” would likely find ready acceptance in the neighborhood honkytonk, but the track that’s especially noteworthy is “Dirty Hands and Dirty Feet,” a steadfast ramble that shows both conviction and creativity. A Million Stars puts the focus on a star that’s on the ascent. More reviews here: -- Ashleigh Flynn