originally posted May 20, 2014
The musical passport of musician and songwriter Ashley Davis offers a rich display of colorful stamps from Ireland and Scotland, but also heavily draws from the influences of her birthplace, the plains of Kansas and the country music traditions of the Appalachian Mountains. The internationally recognized recording artist on her latest and fourth album release, ‘Night Travels’, has journeyed full circle, returning to the musical influences of her youth – incorporating her love of Irish music and in the process, creating an unforgettable collection of music.
With all of the songs written or arranged by Ashley, the album will resonate with lovers of Celtic, folk, bluegrass and Americana music. Recorded in studios in Dublin, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville and Kansas, ‘Night Travels’ reflects the musicality and the culture of each of those places. The album opens with the whimsical “His Bride I’ll Be,” on which Ashley shares vocals with Sara Watkins, renowned for her work with Grammy-winning trio Nickel Creek and then two tracks later moves into the heartbreaking duet of “Barbara Allen” with singer/guitarist John Doyle. As the album fluidly moves through various musical landscapes, the listener is taken on a journey that within the 2nd half of the album sees Ashley joining with fiddler Eileen Ivers and and Celtic maven, Moya Brennan to create new sounds with traditional backdrops.
In crafting this album, Ashley relied on a number of musical influences, but also put her considerable writing abilities to the test, creating in Night Travels something fresh and wholly invigorating for music lovers of all genres.
So sit back with a glass of sweet tea, watch the sun set and experience ‘Night Travels’. Available on iTunes at https://goo.gl/feuCZc