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Thursday Local Live Music: Ash Chambliss & Laura Blackley

March 21 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Ash Chambliss

Originally from Merritt Island, FL, Ashley Chambliss has been playing music since childhood, played her first professional gig at a New Hampshire piano bar in 1994, and has been part of the music scene in Asheville, NC since 1996. With ebbs and flows, as life happens, including some time at ‘Berklee College of Music’, earning a bachelor’s in philosophy at WCU, and being a mother to an awesome kid, music has always been central.Chambliss has performed at Bele Chere, LEAF, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, and ‘The Grey Eagle Music Hall’ where she’s opened for acts including Ben Taylor, Duncan Sheik, and Ari Hest.Regionally, she’s made musical moments happen at ‘Eddie’s Attic’ (shootout top 3),and Charlotte’s ‘The Evening Muse’.
Her songs have a meaningful audience on Spotify, YouTube, and other streaming services and have been placed in popular TV shows such as ‘Skins’ UK series, MTV’s ‘The Hills’, ‘One Life to Live’, ‘So You Think You Can Dance/Canada’, as well as other indie film and dance projects..
Chambliss plays solo and sometimes with a band. She describes her current work as bass-friendly, often percussive keyboard grooves, intimate vocals, recurring themes of love and the natural elements, and with blue notes, beachy vibes, and some Americana showing up in the mix.

Laura Blackley

Laura Blackley has been making music in Western North Carolina for several years. She’s a singer, songwriter and guitarist who specializes in country, blues and rock with an emphasis on songwriting.

Blackley plays in several bands and she and her band the Wildflowers won first prize in the 2016 North Carolina Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s Blues Challenge. This win sent them to Memphis, TN to perform in the International Blues Competition.

She also plays classic country music with the Old Chevrolette Set, a group led by local radio host and pedal steel player Tom Pittman.

When not playing music Blackley is a Pre-k through 8th grade Music Teacher at Rainbow Community School. She earned 2nd place (Best Music Teacher) in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress Best Of competition in 2022.

Laura Blackley joined the team at Blue Ridge Public Radio as a part time weekend and All Things Considered Host in June 2022 and is very excited to be behind the mic again.

She enjoys performing live, hiking in our beautiful WNC mountains, gardening and traveling to new places. She lives in the Hominy Valley community of Candler with her daughter and their dog and two cats.

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