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    The Ashley Davis Band - When the Stars Went Out

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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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about

Written by songwriter Gordie Sampson from Nova Scotia. This song was shown to Ashley by her good friends, also from there, Cassie & Maggie MacDonald.

lyrics

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

credits

from When the Stars Went Out, track 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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