Ashley Campbell Embraces Her Calling on Debut LP ‘The Lonely One,’ Out May 11
On May 11, Ashley Campbell will release her debut album ‘The Lonely One’ via her own Whistle Stop Records. The triple threat songwriter, singer and banjo virtuoso co-wrote all thirteen songs on the album, chronicling a personal journey – by turns bold, reflective and brazenly funny – of a young woman grappling with grown up choices. Heralding the arrival of an original new voice, ‘The Lonely One’ combines old-school country instrumentation with a modern sensibility that spans roots and pop music. But it almost didn’t happen.
Following in the footsteps of a famous parent is never an easy path, and Ashley, the daughter of music legend Glen Campbell, initially pursued dance and acting, even performing for a time with The Groundlings, the LA comedy institution whose famous alumni include Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Lisa Kudrow. But when Ashley was asked to learn banjo for a part in a play, a spark was lit and her calling was found.
Soon Ashley was studying with banjo luminary Carl Jackson (her godfather and longtime member of Glen’s band) and mastering her technique. She would go on to join her father’s touring band, including his poignant Goodbye Tour in 2011-12, and appear in the award-winning 2015 documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, contributing the original song “Remembering,” which looks at the senior Campbell’s struggles with Alzheimer’s through his daughter’s eyes.
The family affair continues with the release of ‘The Lonely One,’ which was co-produced by Ashley and her brother Cal Campbell and mostly recorded at Cal’s Agoura Borealis studios in Los Angeles. Ashley’s other older brother Shannon Campbell contributes vocals and guitar as well, and co-wrote the track “Looks Like Time” with her.
The songs on ‘The Lonely One,’ are intended to make listeners question their circumstances and remind them to smile, laugh, even cry. It’s those range of emotions – from the longing for a new start embodied by “A New Year,” to tough-guy takedown of “Better Boyfriend” – that make the ‘The Lonely One’ so special.
Ashley will embark on a UK tour in March, which will include a performance at the C2C Festival in London on a bill with Kacey Musgraves and Sugarland. US dates will be announced soon. For more on Ashley Campbell, please visit ashleycampbellmusic.com.
‘The Lonely One’ Tracklist: 1. A New Year 2. Cry 3. Better Boyfriend 4. A Taken Man 5. The Lonely One 6. Good For You 7. Wish I Wanted To 8. How Do You Know 9. Carl & Ashley’s Breakdown 10. What I’m Doin’ Here 11. We Can’t Be Friends 12. Looks Like Time 13. Nothing Day
Ashley Campbell Tour Dates: Thurs., Mar. 8 / Clayton Hotel Belfast / Belfast, UK Fri., Mar. 9 / C2C Festival Performance / Hydro Arena / Glasgow, UK Sat., Mar. 10 / C2C Festival Performance / The O2 / London, UK Tue., Mar 13 / Arts Club / Liverpool, UK Wed., Mar. 14 / The Deaf Institute / Manchester, UK Fri., Mar. 16 / 02 Institute3 / Birmingham, UK Sat., Mar. 17 / The Borderline / London, UK