Ash Gray plays high energy, Southern tinged alternative country and rock. Hailing from Austin,Texas, Gray is now based in Sheffield, UK and has been touring constantly between the U.S. and Europe. Gray’s new album “Chicken Wire”, released Feb 2018 is musically diverse and capitalizes on a classic AOR sound that moves swiftly between acoustic singer/songwriter folk and straight up Texas rock. Ash is a troubadour in the truest sense. Born in Pittsburgh (USA), the middle son of expat Yorkshire parents, he’s had an eye on the highway practically ever since he was old enough to play a gig. Raised in Austin, Texas – the Live Music Capital Of The World – Ash cut his musical teeth on the vibrant East Sixth Street, playing for tips in roots-rock bands like Roosterbilly and The Self-Righteous Brothers. It was with this latter mob that he headed to London with in the late 90s, where he was welcomed into the alt-country scene, quickly becoming a draw at such iconic venues as The Weavers, The 12 Bar and the Kashmir Club.
Maintaining Stateside operations, Ash also found time to travel up the West Coast to San Francisco and Portland, before settling for a number of years in New York City. Initially scratching that hard-rock itch as guitarslinger with legendary Epic recording artists The Cycle Sluts From Hell, Ash shifted gear, forming the acoustic folk-pop harmony band Ash Gray & The Girls, celebrating the album Born In The Summer with a four-night stand at SXSW in Austin in 2012.
Ash recorded his debut solo album, 'Once I Got Burned', with such Austin luminaries as Dave Biller (Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock), John Hagen (Lyle Lovett) and producer Chris Burns (Asleep At The Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson). 'Chicken Wire' (2018) has been met with enthusiasm in America, Europe and the UK. Ash is currently working on his next album with an anticipated release in late 2019.
Returning to the UK, Ash decided to rediscover his roots, eventually setting up base in Sheffield. Falling in with the Steel City’s own acoustic and Americana scene, Ash has been gigging regularly across the UK, both solo and with his band The Burners, performing three separate shows at the 2016 Tramlines Festival, including a set from his Austin rock band Couch Fire. Ash continues to divide his time fairly equally between Austin and Sheffield (and London and NYC as time allows). Ash been active in helping to promote the creative partnership between Austin and its ‘sister city’, Angers in France, which involves a series of reciprocal events in both cities. Ash will work closely in cooperation with Kathy Keller, (My Music Matters Management Triad) on developing his European endeavors . To book Ash Gray contact: [email protected]