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The best kept secret in music


"Ashland- Real Time"

Reviewer- Kathleen True

From MTV's “Undressed” series to exciting live shows on's national tour and at Seattle's highest-profile clubs, Ashland's progressive rock and roll songs have helped the band win fans in a wide-variety of age-groups for the past several years. Though most frequently compared to Canadian superstars Rush, Ashland's complex arrangements, stellar musicianship, and thought-provoking lyrics stand on their own; breathing fresh air into the face of the stale rock world. The Pacific Northwest band's third independently-released album, Real Time, features more of what fans have come to expect from these exceptional musicians: Radio-friendly songs without forsaking the listenability of the entire 10-song effort. The band's original lineup is still intact and features Chad McMurray (bass and vocals), Dean Katona (drums and percussion), Kevin Brooks (guitars), and Wayne Tapia (guitars and backing vocals). Ashland's music has received airplay on both college and corporate radio stations throughout the Northwest, as well as several other countries. The band has performed live on several television shows and at several of the area's largest festivals. If corporate radio would ever get off its collective behind and play some real music that challenges people, Ashland would stand front and center, riding a red magic carpet all the way to the top of the charts. Until that day comes, however, the band has to be content with a solid fan base that lives for their favorite progressive rock band - West Coast Performer


Ashland (1994)
Yin & Yang (1997)
Real Time (2001)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Ashland has been a staple in the Seattle area since 1993. Not being "Alternative" in an "Alternative" scene has always been challanging. But 10 years later, Ashland is still going strong. Some call it progressive mixed with mainstream rock, but to the ever-growing fan base they call it Ashland. Listen and judge for yourself.

Formed in 1993 Ashland consists of it's same original members. Influences range anywhere from Frank Zappa, Chick Corea to Rush, Dave Matthews and Tool. Ashland takes pride in challenging themselves as musicians and separating themselves with a unique sound that is truly different from a lot of today's music.