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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 4/26 – Ash Taylor / Farewell Friend

April 26, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Farewell Friend’s music is first and foremost an exploration of poetry, narrative, and storytelling. Their sound is a delicate avalanche of sonic texture – a presentation of recognizable and distorted folk and Americana forms. Farewell Friend is a folk rock band based in Greensboro, North Carolina and is made up of frontman Tom Troyer (guitar, vocals, songwriter, engineer), Mark Byerly (electric guitar, resonator, pedal steel, drums), Evan Campfield (upright bass).​

Their latest album “[SAMSON]” is an autobiographical exploration of Troyer’s childhood growing up as the son of a small town preacher in rural Indiana, feelings of being an outsider in the South, and the lonely disappointments of his twenties. Examining the political moment of the last 5 years by deploying the stories of Old Testament tragic heroes and the fragmented American masculine identity. The album is cathartic shadow work explored through up front vocals and acoustic instruments while introducing raw electric textures, modern synth, and minimal percussion. If the Samson of the Old Testament is a cautionary tale, this album is a knowing nod at the hazard lights and an echo of the fog horn before the hurricane.​

The release of their sophomore album in the Summer of 2019 “Glenwood and Gomorrah,” Troyer established himself as producer and audio engineer mixing and mastering the entire album in a small bedroom in his former home in the Glenwood neighborhood. This album is both a question and a prayer for the neighborhood he grew up in, cataloging his personal relationships with neighbors during a time of swift gentrification.​

The three part conceptual debut album “Lineage” traverses the generational story of a family whose history is wrought with struggle, challenge, success, and tragedy. The musical territory covered in this project is diverse as an extended family reunion and divergent as the American landscape.

It has been said by many that Ash Taylor is the most hardworking, down to earth girl you will Ever meet. Growing Up in her hometown of Bakersfield, California she was heavily influenced by artists like Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Brandy Clark, and Gretchen Wilson. After her growing interest in the music industry led to a friendship with hit songwriter Clay Mills (“Don’t Think I don’t Think About it” by Darius Rucker), she made a difficult and life-changing decision to sell everything she owned, Jump on a plane, and move across the country to Nashvile, Tennessee to pursue her dreams.​

From sleeping on couches and even in her car to long nights playing in the Honky Tonks of Nashville’s lower broadway or touring the country playing Bars She began to craft her career one stage and one fan at a time. Since The beginning of This journey she has been Working Consistently In The Writing Rooms On Music Row. As a result She Has had Songs recorded By Multiple Artists Including A&E TV Star & Average Joe’s Recording Artist Big Smo, Warner Chapel Recording Artist Ryan Larkins, Country Artist Noah Smith, Guitar Legend Johnny Hiland & More.

In the midst of her songwriting success It was her love of performing that truly led her to the path of becoming a successful country artist. Ash Has Been Honored By The Bakersfield Country Music Awards For Her Achievements & Contributions To The Famous Bakersfield Sound. Ash Was Named “One To Watch” By The Nashville Songwriters Association International and Won an International Songwriting Award in 2021. As an entertainer of many talents, You Can even See Ash Appear In Several Episodes Of The Hit Television Series “Nashville” On CMT Network.​

Though her growing list of achievements is already long, ash has no intentions of slowing down. When she Is Not Writing the next big hit She Is On The Road Performing All Over The Country And Playing In Some Of Nashville’s Most Famous & Prestigious Venues, including The Bluebird Cafe & The Listening Room. With every performance Ash works to connect with Fans by bringing together the sounds and subjects of real life and real people.


April 26, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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301 S. Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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