When the Stars Went Out

by Ashley Davis Band

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    Ashley Davis’s latest album, When the Stars Went Out, is her most challenging and creative yet. The first album Davis composed in partnership with her touring band (The Ashley Davis Band) it blends the skill and influences of renowned multi-instrumentalists Dave Curley, Colin Farrell, Will MacMorran, and Duncan Wickel. Ashley’s long-time producer Gawain Mathews led production with the band. While the album’s country roots style documents an expanding American folk music tradition, the details in individual lyrics carve out a personal space of emotive expression: “If you’re from a roots background,” Davis explains, “you start to crave that space, the quiet and the purity of it.”

    The AD Band also embraced the added challenge of recording virtually, under lockdown, which became an experiment in modern songwriting. With each track recorded from the artists’ homes, there was a natural volleying of creativity as the songs were built piecemeal from distant places. As the album grew, so did its virtual network as many artists from the American Roots, Irish, and Irish - American music world lent their talents to the project. Some of the names from that group are: Heidi Talbot, Tim O’Brien, Tony Furtado, Kevin Crawford, Mick McAuley, Shane Hennessy, and Grammy-award winner Shawn Colvin.

    When the Stars Went Out is an album of diverse personalities, linked cohesively by Davis’s poetic, powerful vocals. It is also a living, singing archive of the pandemic, of sharing creativity together while exploring those tender, pensive moments of isolation.

    When the Stars Went Out will be released on 1 September 2020, with the option of pre-order and downloads from August 1st.

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Davey Jones 04:45
Verse 1 I am a simple man I learned to work with my hands Out here on these waves I guess I’ve always known That I would die alone here One cold November day Verse 2 I heard that you did take A brother in the morning Another without warning And who am I to think That I’d be any different As God is my witness Chorus I saw Davey Jones Underneath the water With a thousand of my fathers Calling me home I saw Davey Jones Waving his black flag Counting up his bones Verse 3 They say when I was five The day I cast my first line I fell over the port side As I was sinking down I heard my mother singing I heard the church bells ringing And when they pulled me in I felt him tugging my hand Chorus Verse 4 Now the waves have snapped the mast I’m taking water so fast I let go of the line I can feel my father’s stare From beyond the grave somewhere I fail him one last time ​ Verse 5 Cause I would never be The man he thought I should be The lesser of his sons So Jesus help me now Help me to forgive him Before the darkness floods Chorus Tag Yeah I saw Davey Jones Waving his black flag Counting up his bones
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Verse 1 What are words when left inside a heart I wrote to you, I always played my part I go to bed each night and think You'll be beside me in the morning light But all that's left there is the spacing For the words that maybe you would write But after all.... ​ Chorus Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet When I left a place for you to tell me Everything that's wrong inside your head But dolorem ipsum is what you left instead Now the pain itself fills in the blanks And in the end there's nothing to to be said ​ Verse 2 You would like to be a hidden star Covering exits all around your heart The past is still your alibi When you were saying love is just a lie So take a drink, call out a tune And know that you didn't even try But after all.... ​ Chorus ​ Bridge But after all, after all you say now what have we got to lose? Yeah after all, after all you say this life is what we choose ​ Chorus ​ Tag Yeah the pain itself fills in the blanks And in the end there's nothing to to be said Quid novi Quid novi Quid novi ​
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A shadow falls around and under I saw a cloud, I heard no thunder My head it hangs low as I wonder Oh how will I live out my days ​ How can a cloud no water streaming Like some lone voice that isn't speaking A deathly cold heart still a beating How will I live out my days ​ The only road I had to take it Search to find a doorstep still vacant A bit of news paper makes a blanket Is this how I live out my days Oh how will I live out my days ​ Stars are bright the moon is lonesome As it falls into the open Through the trees my heart is breaking Oh how will I live out my days ​ You were gone in a moment Like the dew in the morning Will I find you out a walking Oh how will I live out my days ​ Oh how will I live out my days Oh how will I live out my days Oh how will I live out my days ​
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Ashley Davis’s latest album, When the Stars Went Out, is her most challenging and creative yet. The first album Davis composed in partnership with her touring band, it blends the skill and influences of renowned multi-instrumentalists Dave Curley, Colin Farrell, Will MacMorran, and Duncan Wickel. Ashley’s long-time producer Gawain Mathews led production with the band. Stylistically, the co-written album leans more towards the country music tradition of Davis’s childhood than any of her precious releases: “If you’re from a roots background,” Davis explains, “you start to crave that space, the quiet and the purity of it.”

The Ashley Davis Band also embraced the added challenge of recording virtually, under lockdown, which became an experiment in modern songwriting. With each track recorded from the artists’ homes, there was a natural volleying of creativity as the songs were built piecemeal from distant places. As the album grew, so did its virtual network: Davis and band are joined on tracks by Irish and American artists Heidi Talbot, Tim O’Brien, Tony Furtado, John Doyle, Mick McAuley, Shane Hennessy, and Grammy-award winner Shawn Colvin.

While the album’s roots style documents an expanding American folk music tradition, the details in individual lyrics carve out a personal space of emotive expression. In each stunning melody, Davis’s extraordinary lyricism unfolds, such as this line from “Here By My Side”: “The shifting of the sands now that scare you / are the tides bringing you home.”

When the Stars Went Out is an album of diverse personalities, linked cohesively by Davis’s poetic, powerful vocals. It is also a living, singing archive of the pandemic, of sharing creativity together while exploring those tender, pensive moments of isolation.

credits

released September 1, 2020

Ashley Davis Band Musicians

Ashley Davis: Main vocals (all tracks) Harmony vocals (2-4,9,11,14)
Dave Curley: Acoustic guitar (1,4,6,8,11,13,14) Mandolin (1,9) Bodhrán (3,4,13) Banjo (7) Harmony vocals (8,14)
Colin Farrell: Fiddle (1-11, 13,14) Low whistle (1,3,8,13,14)
Will MacMorran: Electric guitar (1) Acoustic guitar (2,7) Bouzouki (2,7,11) Percussion (3,7) Bass (7) Pipes (7) Accordion (7)
Duncan Wickel: Strings (1,3,5,6, 9,10,14) Cello (7,8) Fiddle (12) Tenor guitar (12)

Guest Musicians (in order of appearance)

Tony Furtado (Mountain Jane): Banjo & Harmony vocals
Stephanie Schneiderman (Mountain Jane): Harmony vocals
Heidi Talbot (Burning House): Main vocal & Harmony vocals
Shane Hennessy (Lorem Ipsum): Acoustic guitar & Harmony vocals
John Doyle (How ‘Bout You): Acoustic guitar, Bouzouki, & Harmony vocals
Shawn Colvin (Annachie Gordon): Harmony vocals
Simon Chrisman (Annachie Gordon): Hammer dulcimer
Nicholas Falk (Buffalo Mountain): Percussion
Mick McAuley (Not Today): Main Vocal & Melodeon (Mountain Jane): Melodeon (Here By My Side): Harmony Vocals
Tim O’Brien (The Dry Cloud): Mandolin & Harmony vocals
Kevin Crawford (Sign of the Times): Flute
Damien Mullane (Sign of the Times): Button accordion

Produced & Mixed by Gawain Mathews who also played the following:

Acoustic guitar (3,9,10, 14) Accordion (3) Upright bass (2-5,8-12-14) Dobro (2) Mandola (1,4,9-11,13), Mandolin (10) Percussion (2-4,7-11, 14) Piano (2,3,5,7-11, 13,14) Programming (3,4,9), Electric guitar (4), Harmony vocals (4,10) Clay pot (13)


Song/Tunes Publishing Credits

Davey Jones
Writers: Gordie Sampson & Michael Logen

2. Mountain Jane
Writers: Ashley Davis (ASCAP/ Downtown Music Publishing) & Dave Curley (BMI)

3. Burning House
Writers: Cam Ochs, Jeff Bhasker, & Tyler Samuel Johnson

4. Lorem Ipsum
Writers: Ashley Davis & Shane Hennessy (IMRO)

5. How ‘Bout You
Writers: Ashley Davis & John Doyle (ASCAP/ Setanta Music)

6. Annachie Gordon
Traditional Scottish Song

7. Buffalo Mountain (tune)
Writers: Will MacMorran (ASCAP/ Atlantic North)

8. When He Loved Her Too
Writers: Colin Farrell & Ashley Davis

9. You Haven’t Left Me
Writers: Gawain Mathews (BMI/ Gawmath Music) & Ashley Davis

10. Gloaming Song
Writers: Gawain Mathews & Mike Dorrell

11. Not Today
Writers: Mick McAuley (IMRO/ Modern Works Music) & Ashley Davis

12. The Dry Cloud (How Will I Live Out My Days)
Writers: Duncan Wickel (BMI) & Ashley Davis

13. Sign of the Times (tunes)
Writers: The Dream Catcher (Dave Curley & Colin Farrell)/Sign of the Times (Colin Farrell)

14. Here by My Side
Writers: John Doyle & Ashley Davis


Production

All of the tracks on this album were produced by the Ashley Davis Band & Gawain Mathews

Engineers

All of the AD Band + guests recorded & engineered their own tracks from their homes.

Mixing Engineer: Gawain Mathews/ Gawain Mathews Studio

Mastering Engineer: Justin Weiss/ Trakworx

Art

Cover photo: Kathleen Lohfeld
Album design: Anna Colliton
Liner notes by: Ashley Davis
Copy edited by: Adam Davis

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Ashley Davis Band

Ashley Davis is an American singer-songwriter that sings and writes in the Roots and Celtic music world. For this album she has teamed up with her band and many special guests. See Ashley's website for more on her background.

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