Epiphone Guitars Partners with Jared for Exclusive Contest
Nashville, TN...(April 22, 2013)...Blaster Records, home to multi-platinum selling artists Hank Williams, Jr. and Aaron Lewis, is gearing up to deliver its next new star, singer and songwriter Jared Ashley.
With a driving, edgy and undeniably country vocal, Jared’s soulful first single, “Last Train To Memphis,” impacts country radio today. Music Row’s Robert Oermann, who calls Jared “a major, major new talent” also cites the song’s “terrific production, full of throbbing energy, a deep bass bottom and ringing, minor-key guitar work,” and “moody, emotionally tense vocal performance.” The track, written by Jared along with Jeremy McComb and Nick Sturms, will be available at iTunes and all other major digital outlets tomorrow.
The former Navy hand discovered his passion for songwriting and performing in high school, but realized it was his real future while serving our country abroad. Jared would practice guitar during his downtime aboard the U.S.S. Independence and U.S.S. Kitty Hawk and began performing acoustic shows at George’s Country Bar in Yokosuka, Japan. After completing his four years tour of duty and returning to the United States, Jared made the big move to Nashville, where he earned a regular weekend gig at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. He threw himself into a heavy touring schedule and the business of building a fan base. In 2012, he signed to Blaster Records, realizing a lifelong dream of being able to head into the studio and focus only on his own material.
To celebrate the release of Jared’s first single, revered instrument maker Epiphone Guitars has partnered with their long-time endorsee to give away a autographed Masterbilt Series DR-500MCE guitar. One lucky fan will have the chance to win the mahogany acoustic guitar, personally autographed by Jared, at www.jaredashley.com/guitar. Epiphone has also wrapped Jared’s tour bus and provides his band with guitars for the 150+ live shows they play each year.
ABOUT JARED ASHLEY: Born in Hobbs, NM, near the oil fields of the West Texas border, Jared Ashley relocated to Newnan, GA with his father as a small child. After high school, Jared joined the Navy, where he served for four years including two tours of duty in the Persian Gulf. When not on duty, he would practice guitar while away at sea and play acoustic gigs at George’s Country Bar in Yokosuka, Japan. Jared’s genuine love of music and songwriting led him to Nashville’s thriving scene where he landed a regular weekend gig onstage at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. With time and dedication, Jared developed a loyal touring and fan base, which gave him the chance to further hone his songwriting and live performance talents.
The singer and songwriter counts Alan Jackson and Bob Seger as strong musical influences, which proves evident on his melodically haunting debut single “Last Train To Memphis.” Co-penned along with Nick Sturms and Jeremy McComb, the song is featured on his forthcoming album for Blaster Records, expected to launch in early 2014. With a driving edgy vocal and lyrical prowess to match, Jared is a seasoned live act, playing over 180 dates a year. He is currently out on a national radio tour in support of the single. Learn more about Jared at www.JaredAshley.com and engage with him on Twitter and Facebook.