Ashley McMillen shares Hitkicker Homegrown favorites with Country/Americana fans at The Southern.
Local Musician Check-In: ASHLEY MCMILLEN
"Can Charlottesville singer-songwriters make a living in the file-sharing age?"
The article also features James Wilson of Sons of Bill, Sarah White, David Purcell, Carl Anderson, and Ellis Paul. (for Ashley's column, see page 4).
"Ashley McMillen: Our Own Coal Miner's Daughter"
Breedlove Featured Artist: ASHLEY MCMILLEN
Ashley performs 3 songs, LIVE, in-studio with Rusty Speidel, Johnathan Chance, and Bahlmann Abbot on 106.1 The Corner's LIVE AND LOCAL show with Brad Savage. A shout out to Stuart Gunter (drummer) who had to work and couldn't make it. We missed you Stuart!
An intimate interview with Rachel Henderson which highlights Ashley's rapidly developing career. Photography by Rebecca Devono.
Music columnist Bill Kramer was so kind to write about Ashley, the band, and headlining the Shenandoah Valley Harley Davidson's Summer Kickstart and Freedom Festivals, among others.
An intimate, half hour interview and performance on WTJU's Folk and Beyond with Peter Jones. Thank you Peter! You Rock!
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN- Ashley McMillen on Folk and Beyond
Ashley is featured in the June/July 2012 Edition of West Virginia South Magazine. A special thank you to Cindy Martin!
Ashley performed LIVE on April 9, 2012 at U92 FM WVU Radio and interviewed with Alec Berry. The recorded performance and interview aired on 'Morgantown Sound' on April 24, 2012.
McMillen proudly represents family, roots in her music
LAST WEEK, I wrote about a few celebs who called West Virginia home — at one point or another — before their time in the sun arrived.
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing an artist who grew up here in Morgantown and may one day very well make that list.
Since releasing her five-song EP, “Now I Know” earlier this year, Ashley McMillen has had a tough time believing, and keeping up with, all the attention it’s garnered in her current homebase of Charlottesville, Va., and beyond.
Most recently, she said Red Light Management — a company that works with the Dave Matthews Band, Faith Hill and Alicia Keys — has shown an interest. She also often makes the rounds at the city’s radio stations and steadily books gigs around town. All this makes staying on top of emails and voicemails tough sometimes. But it’s a happy problem for the singer/songwriter — whose country-inspired material has earned her comparisons to legend Emmylou Harris — to have.
Though some in the business attempted to dissuade her, the 30-yearold writes songs specific to her experiences, including a pair of heartfelt records paying tribute to her parents — “Now I Know” and “Momma.” As she points out, country is, more than most, a genre known for its ties to roots and family, two things McMillen is proud to share with the world.
While it’s been a number of years since she’s lived in the Mountain State, McMillen said the time away has only deepened her feelings for her old stomping grounds and made her appreciate the network of family and friends she has here more. She’s even written a song paying homage to it, and one day hopes to play the tune back in her home city.
So far, it’s been a matter of logistics and cost that have kept her away. A five-piece band (which includes a fellow West Virginian, Bahlmann Abbot, on pedal steel) traveling five hours on the road isn’t cheap, and neither is securing a venue; but, McMillen assures she will be back. Until then, check her out on her website at ashleymcmillen.com and expect a more in-depth article to appear in the Marquee section soon.
LINDSEY FLEMING is a lifestyles writer/copy editor. Email email@example.com
Ashley talks with host Rich Miller on The Extreme Truckers Radio in Nashville, TN about her songwriting, experience recording her CD, her fellow bandmates, and plans for the future.
Ashley McMillen chatted with Anne and played a few songs on Acoustic Sunrise with Bahlmann Abbot for her CD release show which occured on 1/27/12.
Ashley talks with Brad Savage about her upcoming CD release show and plays 2 songs from her EP, "Now I Know."
Article in Charlottesville newspaper, The Daily Progress, announcing Ashley's CD release show!