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


Austin, Texas recording artist / songwriter Ariel Abshire is currently recording her fourth studio album, a decidedly edgier pop record that marks a departure from her earlier work. While Ariel’s music has evolved into a modern pop sound, she honed her craft by singing classic hardcore country as a child at Austin honky-tonks and dance halls with Texas Music Hall of Famer Alvin Crow. 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.

Ariel’s debut, self-penned indie-pop album “Exclamation Love” was immediately snatched up by San Diego label, Darla Records (My Morning Jacket, Robin Guthrie) and released when she was just a teenager. 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. She has subsequently released two more well-received albums of original music, “Still So New” and 2015’s “Unresolved.”

Ariel has been an official SXSW showcasing act four times and currently performs solo or with a band in venues across Texas. Along with her personal projects, Ariel’s voice can be heard singing the theme song on the soundtrack of a Robert Rodriguez feature film and as a guest singer on Matt Pond PA’s EP “Spring Fools” (Altitude Records).  Additionally, Ariel has also sold the publishing rights to several of her original songs (FirstCom Music) and had placements on such shows as “Dancing With the Stars” and “Extra.”


Exclamation Love (LP - Darla Records)

Still So New (LP-Learning to Share Records)

Unresolved (LP- Learning to Share Records)

Guest vocals on Matt Pond's new EP "Spring Fools"
Cardboard (Single on Little Darla Has a Treat For You Vol 27 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 2 hours and consists of the following original songs and much more.

Queen of the Boys' Club

Out For Blood

Not Missing You

Idea of Me

Old Habits

Dream Girl


Red Flags

Better Off

No Great Pretender