"Like Jenny Lewis, Neko Case Nicole Atkins, Ariel's got a thang; mostly it's that voice and her wide-eyed (just look at those eyes!) confidence. There's no pretention in these songs; just emotionally felt, straight forward songs from the heart! She's bound for some glory." -Some Velvet Blog
Raised in the "live music capital of the world," twenty-two-year old Ariel Abshire has always been surrounded by great music and the people who make it. She started singing classic hardcore country at honky tonks and dance halls with Texas Music Hall of Famer Alvin Crow at age eleven. For years, Austin's legendary Broken Spoke was Ariel's second home where her talents were nurtured by the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Clifford Antone, and countless other Austin greats.
But Ariel's musical influences are not limited to the country realm. Stepfather, Lance Fever (lead singer for the notable 90s punk/ska band Gals Panic), introduced her to Austins alternative scene at an early age and steered his friend Andy Sharp toward producing her debut CD, Exclamation Love. This self-penned album of original material was immediately snatched up by San Diego label, Darla Records (My Morning Jacket, Robin Guthrie) and released just after Ariels seventeenth birthday. The record made several top ten lists and received critical acclaim from such A-list sources as The Boston Globe, The Austin Chronicle, Exclaim! and Some Velvet Blog. And the live act that followed earned her a spot on The Austin Chronicles Top Ten Female Vocalists list of 2009.
Abshire has just finished recording several guest vocal parts on Matt Pond PA's new EP "Spring Fools" and also his forthcoming album. Also, she is currently performing with her band in venues across Texas, and has recently shared the bill with Jerry Jeff Walker, Kellie Pickler, Roger Creager, Robert Earl Keen, Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, Graham Reynold's Golden Arm Trio, etc. Her voice can also be heard on the soundtracks of feature films by Robert Rodriguez and Trevor Romain, numerous video game projects, and an animated cartoon for Adult Swims William Street Studios.
Abshire released her second full-length album,"Still So New," in August of 2011.
Exclamation Love (LP - Darla Records)
Guest vocals on Matt Pond's new EP "Spring Fools"
Cardboard (Single - Darla Records)
Radio Airplay: 'Exclamation Love' (single) and 'I Didn't Know People Could Do That' (single) have received the following airplay:
KCRW 89.9 (Los Angeles)
KVRX (Austin- top 39)
WXYC (Chapel Hill, NC)
BBC Radio 2 (Steve Lamacq Show)
Americana OK radio show, featured on:
Radio Six International
Kyou Radio San Fran
WGWG 88.3 (N/S Carolina)
Goldrush 1440 (New Zealand)
European CMA Radio
Irish Country Music radio
Country Music 24 (Germany)
Edge Radio (Tasmania, Austr.)
Radio Seagull (Netherlands)
WTUL (New Orleans)
Fevered Brain Radio Mike
The typical Ariel Abshire set lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours and consists of the following original songs and much more:
'No Great Pretender'
'She's On Your Mind'
'Goddamn New Mexico'
'Can't Remember You'