Tommy Ash is a female singer/songwriter born and raised in Phoenix, AZ who has been singing and performing since her younger age (Yes, Tommy Ash is a she), doing shows in popular local venues such as Mr Lucky’s and opening up for Grand Ole Opry member John Conlee at only 14 years old.
The Phoenix New Times describes Tommy’s music as “hard edged honky-tonk […] stacking slapback rockabilly riffs over propulsive shuffles“. Tommy and her band recently opened for the legendary Merle Haggard, and played several shows with THE honky-tonk man Dwight Yoakam, her shows receiving rave reviews from the media.
Tommy also shared the stage with Lorrie Morgan, Chris Young, Pam Tillis, JP Harris, Cody Canada & The Departed, Moot Davis, Tracy Lawrence, Neal McCoy, John Micheal Montgomery, Ryan Bingham and more.
Her influences are anchored in real Country & Western music, such as Dwight Yoakam, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, etc. The Phoenix New Times praised the band saying it “draws on enough modern sass and classic freight train beats to appeal to fans of both Traditional and New Country” and included her in their top “10 Phoenix Bands You Need to Hear This Summer 2012”.
Tommy and her band also played a run of dates in Europe in 2013 and 2014, showcasing her brand of revved up Arizona honky tonk music to European fans.
In September 2013, Tommy Ash released her first album Sinner’s Blood (available on iTunes, Amazon SPotify, Pandora, etc). “The hard-edged honky tonk of the Tommy Ash’s latest, Sinner’s Blood, bares witness to Ash’s musical roots. It’s a quick jab of a record, stacking slapback rockabilly riffs over propulsive shuffles. The title track isn’t far removed from the cowpunk of the Blasters or X; “Sugar in a Bottle” evokes a Sun Records stomp; “When I’m On Gone” is a sweet sashay featuring revved up vocals from Ash. ”Friend” is a brassy ballad, with Ash employing an ace falsetto over languid pedal steel swells and “Yodelin’ Blues” evokes an imagined spaghetti western directed by David Lynch. Ash yodels, and it’s chilling” writes music journalist Jason P. Woodbury.
Her second album will be released in the second half of 2015, stay tuned for more details!
For more information and an updated tour schedule, visit www.tommyashband.com. You can also connect with Tommy Ash on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tommyashband