Ashley E Norton / Blog

The EP

7 songs have arrived! The plan was to release a full length album, but we have decided to give you this for now while we work on the rest. I hope you enjoy it through the holidays and remember, music is a great present. And I am now for sale on itunes!

Tracking Day

I am absolutely honored and excited to be able to work with these amazing musicians. Thank you so much to Rich Redmond for rocking the drums, Steve Mackey for the badass bass licks, and Johnny Garcia for the beautiful guitars and making it all happen! Everyone just got it and this album is going to ROCK. So right now we have drums and bass recorded on 10 songs and we are going to try to get the guys back in the studio to track 3 more. We are going to spend the next couple of months on overdubs, vocals, keys, strings, etc. and hopefully have a product available this summer! The song line-up has changed quite a bit but is currently as follows:

Average Jane Slow Train to Memphis Unlove You Love Hungover Redneck Liberation Shutup & Talk To Me Angels On My Side Elegantly Foolish Hand Made Arizona Rain Happy TBD: Frustrated TBD: Momma's Daughter TBD: Be With Me Baby

What's next? I am SOOOO excited because my friend, sister, photographer, and talented oil painter Michelle Penington is flying in next month to do my photo shoot for the album cover! We have a title and theme in mind, but I'm not quite sure I want to reveal it just yet...hmmmmmm...for a hint, one of her paintings inspired a song title and it's going to be a lot of FUN. I have been at Thrifty Threads all week finding all kinds of crazy treasures for the shoot.

I will keep you all posted on this journey! So much to do. I got the first number right on the lotto today, so I'm taking that as a sign that I'm on the right track.

Love, Ashley

The Plan

Here's the plan. As anticipated, there were some set backs getting the studio re-wired. But we are ready to go! This Saturday we are recording Rich Redmond on drums for 4-6 existing acoustic tracks. Then we will spend the next few weeks building those tracks and getting 6-8 more tunes ready to go. On March 28th Rich is coming back as well as Michael Rhodes on bass guitar, John Jarvis on keys, Bob Angelo on steel guitar, and Johnny Garcia on all other guitars. Hopefully that will only take another month or so to finish vocals, over-dubs, mixing and mastering and we will be ready to shop! I am so excited! Thank you everyone for your support! We may not have time to track all of them or they may not all make the album, but here is the projected song list so far:

Angels on My Side Slow Train to Memphis Unlove You Be With Me Baby Average Jane Love Hungover Happy Arizona Rain Hand Made Frustrated Damaged Mommas Daughter Shutup and Talk To Me Redneck Liberation

Atlanta Airport and Arizona

Here's the story of my crazy weekend:

Friday morning I got hired via text message for a Saturday night private party and by 5pm I was on a plane. I had a 2 hour layover in Atlanta so of course, being a wino, I drop into the first wine bar I see. The airport was packed and I took the last open seat at the bar to enjoy a glass of 14 Hands (15 Hands?) Cabernet (Pinot?). Everyone at the bar became friends fast! We start sharing travel stories, career stories, and music stories. The conversation of my guitar comes up, and next thing I know I'm putting on a little concert in the airport bar. This might just be my favorite show I've ever played! Everyone was so kind and supportive and people were coming in from the terminal to check out the scene. I had two inquiries about hiring me for other shows, and some possible good opportunities to network in the industry. Thank you to my new friends for being such a wonderful audience and for covering my bar tab! It was an experience I'll never forget and you can catch a glimpse of the footage here (titled "Amazing Singer in Airport Bar"...SO NICE.) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQlyF0R0DXI. Moral of the story: Never bring your guitar into an airport bar unless you are ready to rock the layover.

So the weekend continues. I barely made my flight and didn't get into AZ until almost 1am. My amazing friend Michelle picked me up and took me to her house where we laughed and gossiped into the night! The next morning I surprised my mom and sister in their kitchen since they didn't know I was coming. That was just too much fun. I've never done that before and highly recommend it to anyone. The party that night went great. I sang all of my new original music and many covers, including a duet with John Payne from Asia.

Sunday was a great winter day spent Arizona style by the pool and we had a little birthday party for my 1 year old niece. I ate too much frosting. Monday was back to Nashville and the whole thing feels surreal. I landed at 2pm and was already back to work that evening, hosting my show at Hotel Indigo. Back to writing and preparing to finally cut my new project with Johnny Garcia! My friend Breaux posted this on my facebook page today and I couldn't have said it better myself: "To all of the true music fans and appreciators out there: we love you and this is why we do what we do!" Thanks Breaux...maybe it was a zin.

CHAOS and Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Lucy we're not in Arizona anymore! I'm back in Nashville after a trip I'd like to title CHAOS back home. I got to spend a whole week with my beautiful family including 3 sisters, 2 brother-in-laws, 2 nieces, 1 nephew, 3 aunts, 2 uncles, 3 cousins, 2 moms, 2 dads, 1 dog (Lucy), and the root of it all, 1 Nana. I am so lucky to have such a large, loud and loving family! But boy, am I exhausted. I apologize to all of my friends who I did not get to see this round...next trip is for you! We had something fun to do everyday including hiking, eating, swimming, and eating. Did I say eating? I did get to sneak away and perform a song for my best friend immediately following their engagement that I wrote with her now fiance! It was such a special moment. So...now I'm somewhere over the rainbow. I love coming home and going straight to my show at Hotel Indigo. There couldn't be a better way to return than to listen 10 of my songwriter buddies and jam with Johnny Garcia at one of the best sounding rooms in Nashville. I am already back at work, writing and planning for the record. Looks like the studio isn't quite ready for us, so February 3rd is turning into something more like the 13th. I will keep you posted! Thanks mom for reading this...mom, are you reading this?

Songs, Songs, Everywhere

Yet too many drops to cut. So I'm getting ready for my studio time on February 3rd. I have mock track lists written on cocktail napkins scattered throughout my purse. I can't decide! I'm not even quite sure how many we're recording yet but my guess is between 8-12. And I keep writing more everyday. I am particularly excited about a song I finished today with Troy Powers and Johnny Garcia. It's an inspirational song called Hand Made (God's Clay). The idea is we are all different in our own way, but we come from the same place. "I'm perfectly flawed with myself" might be my favorite line I've ever written. I'll hopefully be performing it at some writers nights around town soon. As soon as I get the motivation to practice! Keep checking this blog for updates on song lists! Off to The Indigo...

Happy New Year

Thank God it's a new year! This last one was quite a journey. I packed up my guitar exactly one year ago Monday and and moved to Nashville. There have been many speed bumps, but also many blessings. I have met some really wonderful people here and amazing songwriters at my writer's night at Hotel Indigo. So, I'm starting off 2012 with a bang. I can't wait to get in the studio with Johnny Garcia and start recording all the wonderful new songs! I've written over 100+ in 2011. Picking under 10 for the album isn't going to be easy. What a great problem to have! I'm already at 2 new songs for 2012 and I'm off to my second writing session of the day. Resolution #33 is to keep this blog up, so hopefully more than my mom will eventually be reading this. Resolution #34 is to keep up with my resolutions.

John Tomick
John Tomick  (over 5 years ago)

Steve Goodie suggested I contact you to see if you are available to perform on a demo of a song I wrote to be recorded on 1/16 at Steve's studio. I can be reached at 224.330.7470 or jtomick@aol.com.