Ariel Abshire

Ariel Abshire

 Austin, Texas, USA

"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," 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 recorded several guest vocal parts on Matt Pond PA's new EP "Spring Fools." She is currently performing with her band in venues across Texas, and has 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.

It’s been four years since Ariel released ‘Still So New,’ the follow-up to her breakthrough album ‘Exclamation Love.’ In September of 2015, she is excited to announce the release of her third full-length album ‘Unresolved,’ and it is well worth the wait.


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)

KGSR (Austin)

KVRX (Austin- top 39)

WXYC (Chapel Hill, NC)

BBC Radio 2 (Steve Lamacq Show)

am 1760

Americana OK radio show, featured on:

CMR Nashville

Radio Six International

Kyou Radio San Fran

Radio Bracknell

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.)

World FM

Radio Seagull (Netherlands)

WTUL (New Orleans)

Fevered Brain Radio Mike

Set List

The typical Ariel Abshire set lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours and consists of the following original songs and much more:
'Exclamation Love'
'No Great Pretender'
'She's On Your Mind'
'Nothing New'
'Goddamn New Mexico'
'Thin Skin'
'Good Life'
'Can't Remember You'