Ashton Allen

Ashton Allen

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Ashton Allen’s sound is stylistically compared to Simon & Garfunkel, Nick Drake, and Elliott Smith. Ashton affects those who relate to what is real and what is honest, never afraid to touch on the darker moments of life because in the end there always rings an underlying sense of hope.

Biography

Ashton Allen’s debut album “Dewdrops” was recorded in three months through intense hours of working in the studio. Built around foundational instruments, both Ashton Allen and producer Colin Cobb wanted to maintain the feel of the original, raw demo recordings. The duo unconventionally started with the acoustic guitar, or they started with a piano. “We painted each song and treated them individually,” said Ashton. “We only added the layers we felt were necessary. Whether that meant just vocals and a backbeat, or whether it called for bass, drums, electric guitars, violins, french horns, trumpets, banjo or a mandolin.”

Upon completing the record, Ashton left immediately the following day to hit the road for the first time by himself for over 4 months, traveling 27 thousand miles through 31 states and performing more than 100 shows. When pressed for interesting anecdotes from his experience Ashton explained “I played an in-store show recently and there was a lady who watched the entire performance. She had a condition that caused her to visibly tremble which made it difficult for her to speak clearly. She purchased 3 CDs and asked if I would mind signing them. As I signed, she went to quite some effort to tell me that she hoped I get the recognition and success I deserved, and that God bless me. Those are the moments I remember most, the ones that remind me exactly why I am doing this.”

Ashton began his music career playing bass with the Gainesville, FL based band Big Sky. For nearly 12 years the band did what most independents could and could not do. They toured. They toured relentlessly opening shows for artists such as Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, Matchbox 20 and the Wallflowers. But, it wasn’t up until the end of that era that Ashton would begin writing and recording his own music as merely a way to get some personal thoughts out of his mind. There were never any intentions of anyone else hearing the music, let alone his own band.

One night, during a Big Sky show, Ashton let his attorney listen to one of his demos. She was a great friend and he trusted her. He told her to keep the music to herself, but wanted to share what he had created. “I know it sounds dramatic, but I really about had a panic attack leaving her with a CD,” said Ashton. “I was so vulnerable to the idea of someone else knowing a lot of these thoughts, which in hindsight I have found to be quite a self-absorbed notion.” His attorney, and friend, liked it. Actually, she liked it a lot.

That same week, the bands’ attorney was speaking with Colin Cobb who was creating a new independent label in Atlanta called Livewire Recordings. The two spoke briefly about Big Sky and Livewire decided they just weren’t interested in what the band were doing style-wise. Colin suggested they continue to discuss her other clients, but beyond a female oriented pop group, there was not much to offer. At the end of the conversation, Colin made a comment about what type of artist he was looking to work with - Ashton was exactly what Livewire was looking for. The attorney had no intention of mentioning the demos, but a phone call later Ashton reluctantly agreed to let her submit some tracks for review. The label listened and loved it, but they just had to see him perform live.

There was only one tiny problem with this scenario. “I had only played once. One time in Gainesville about a month prior,” said Ashton. “I told no one. I just had to try it. Just for the experience. Just to say I had done it.” Sure, Ashton had been in a band for years performing in front of hundreds to thousands of people, but “I was used to rock shows, loud people, drinking and louder music that didn’t allow for your mistakes to be heard. But, by myself, on stage alone with a guitar and no one to turn to but an audience…no way.”

One month later Ashton set a date and was showcasing for Livewire Recordings. He prayed just to be able to perform, not to get a record deal, not to become a rock star, just to be able to perform. After Ashton’s performance Colin shook his hand and said “Let’s make records.”

Lyrics

Better Than I Know

Written By: Ashton Allen

Short-sided, self-directed eyes.
I chose a compromising life.
Grew tired of everything I tried.
It never satisfied cause

I know you know me better than I know myself, it's true.
I know you love me even when I turn my back on you.

You know each hair upon my head,
(And) tell me where I should go instead.
All my blue skies were turning grey.
You wiped my tears away cause

I know you know me better than I know myself, it's true.
I know you love me. When I just can't love myself, you do.

And everyday, is so brand new.
In every way, in all I do,
May it be pleasing to your eyes.

I know you know me better than I know myself, it's true.
I know you love me. When I just can't love myself , you do.
You show, you show me a new way to live my life...for you.
I know you know me.
I know you know me.
I know you know me.
I know you know me.

Dewdrops

Written By: Ashton Allen

An ordinary servant with a most peculiar task
An obvious decision, I was too afraid to ask
You've given me this bowl of water
Vision is much clearer
When the dew is on the ground
Well just the other morning
There was not a drop that I had found
I think it's time for me
To put this doubt upon a shelf
And keep it there forever
Right beside me former self
Now the fleece is on the floor
And I'm asking you once more
To show to me a sign so I'll know that it's divine
A bowl that is full of water
Don't let your anger burn against me
Answer my request
Lest you think I'm out of line here
'Cause I put you to the test
Miracles they happen every day

Counting The Cost

Written By: Ashton Allen

I'm ready to be hypnotized
And see the whole world through invisible eyes
I'd feel much better if there was no light
So turn on the dark, and I'll just fade into the night
It's a trick, believing that you're in control
Living all of your life, never filling the hole
Every hour that passes is one that I've lost
Til I figure it out, I'm counting the cost
A gratification that has no delay
It's gone in an instant, do you think it's okay
And all of your enemies are closing in tight
They're down to the left, and they're up to the right
And I know that you love the way I turn you on
Like a beautiful song, with a worn out welcome
And you know that I love to
Sit and stare at you there
But I just can't take the bad with the good anymore
I'm ready to anesthetize
So you can remove the fear that's here inside my eyes
It's a trick, believing that you're in control
Living all of your life, never filling the hole
Every hour that passes I can never get back
Til I figure it out, I'm facing the fact

Discography

DEWDROPS - 2005 (Livewire Recordings)

Set List

Better Than I Know
Dewdrops
Counting The Cost
Somethiing To Say
Supernatural
Drive
Steven's Song
Every Hour Of The Day
The World's Fair
If You Leave
Starting Over
Center Of The Universe
Pretty Pink Rose
Prodigal Son
Listen To The Rain
Greenville
Sad Faced Girl