Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording by Ian Harris, Words by Landon Kuhlmann
Ashley Raines wants you to think about the spaces between a whisper and a shout. If you can't do that on your own, his voice and the words he sings might be able to help you. Many music critics have compared him to the likes of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, but he's having a completely different conversation than anyone before him. While those other singers might know the darkness like an old friend, Ashley asks the listener to discover it for themselves, along with his humble aid. It might be more prudent to compare his songs to a Lynch film. Moving beyond the obvious aesthetic commonalities of the blues and the underlying darkness in all stories, Raines ends up giving a bit of realistic hope that the darkness and the light can live together in harmony. Listen in to hear a flock of doves being released into an endless night.
Ashley Raines and the New West Revue Official Site