Everyday Lives

Everyday Lives

by Steve Ashley

CD(Jewel Case)

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Everyday Lives

Steve Ashley is a veteran of the English folk-rock scene with a bent toward writing original songs. Everyday Lives finds him with a number talented friends, casually putting their mark on 14 songs. The title cut opens with a dense layer of sound and Ashley's resonant voice. Moroccan drums and charming fiddle are added to "Catch Him If You Can," and an eclectic mix of mandolins, bouzoukis, harmonicas, melodeons, and electric guitars creates a rich blend throughout the album. The mysterious lyrics of "By the Light of the Moon" are set to a melody that will leave the listener humming, and the overall mood of the piece is enhanced by pleasant harmony and tastefully played electric guitar. "Say Goodbye" has a traditional feel, evoking country doctors and fair maidens, and is brought to fullness by Chris Leslie's mandolin. Lyrically, Ashley states that these songs came "from a long period of refection." They concentrate on "everyday" incidents and of life in the country, giving the album a thematic unity. "Wintertime Has Turned to Spring" draws upon the seasons to create a simple, striking song that mirrors the ups and downs of a love affair. This song slips quietly into "And I Always Will," a declaration of love that remains despite differences and angry words. Everyday Lives succeeds musically, lyrically, and vocally. It offers a perfect combination of the old and new, much as the best English folk-rockers and singer/songwriters always have. For Ashley's fans and fans of the English folk scene, Everyday Lives will be a rewarding listening experience. ~ Ronnie Lankford, Jr.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2001
Label: Topic Records
UPC: 0714822052627
catalogNumber: 526

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Ashley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Penny Whistle,Electric Bouzouki,Mouth Organ
Robin Williamson   Harp
Simon Nicol   Electric Guitar
Dave Pegg   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dik Cadbury   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Tambourine
Gerry Conway   Tabla,Bells,Moroccan Drum
Mike Dolan   Electric Guitar
Fenn   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Leslie   Fiddle,Mandolin
Lawrence Wright   Melodeon
Danny Thompson   Double Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Ashley   Producer,Liner Notes
Dik Cadbury   Programming
John Ash   Cover Photo,Original Cover Photography
Martin Mitchell   Producer,Engineer
Martin Mitchell   Producer,Engineer

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