Celebrated folksinger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ashleigh Caudill, exemplifies one of the most exciting musical trends to be heard today. That is, traditional roots music with a new spin, a different take on the themes and sounds that have shaped American music past. She has a sense of style that is unique and beyond categorization. Her songs are constructed with an architect's touch and her performances hum with an excitement in the crisp arrangements that lift each song.
Growing up in a small town in Western Colorado Ashleigh began playing music at an early age. Upon receiving a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College Of Music she relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. While climbing the ranks of freelance bassists in Boston's booming acoustic music scene, she fell in love with both songwriting and clawhammer banjo. After leaving the city in 2007 Caudill bounced around a bit gathering experiences and stories that would work their way into her music.
She now resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is an in demand hired hand playing with artists ranging from bluegrass icon, Charlie Sizemore, to Angaleena Presley of The Pistol Annies. In addition to her renown as a bassist she is gaining recognition for her songwriting prowess. Caudill has made the finals of Merlfest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest three times and some top bands have already found her material. One of her tunes, Row By Row, was recorded on Balsam Range's IBMA album of the year, Papertown, and topped the Bluegrass Gospel Charts summer 2013 in addition to being nominated for IBMA's Gospel Recorded Event Of The Year.
Aside from her writing and side work her own project continues to thrive. With a show alongside fellow bassist, Missy Raines, for the Bluegrass Underground in the Cumberland Caverns, a solo set on Music City Roots' Monteagle Show, and a packed album release party at the world famous Station Inn she certainly enjoys playing a wide variety of venues!
With sweet yet powerful vocals Ashleigh Caudill draws the listener in to the tales she spins. She'll take you on a lonely train ride through the mountains, a drive along the countryside, or back in time, with warm, dancing vocal melodies and spacious, unique acoustic instrumentation. If you like your music sophisticated, fun and honest, you need look no further.
Balsam Range’s IBMA Album Of The Year, Papertown, featured Caudill’s tune “Row by Row”
“Row by Row” was also nominated for IBMA’s Gospel Performance Of The Year
Three time finalist at Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest
Received a scholarship to prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston
First place North Carolina Mountain State Fair for bass and vocals
Performance highlights include: performing live on XM radio, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, The Kennedy Center, Bluegrass Underground, Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, Music City Roots
Reviews and quotes:
"The songs ... share tales of love, hope, and adventure. She’s a promising voice in Nashville’s music scene, but her bluegrass sounds will please the ears of music lovers everywhere." --Brenda Hillegas, Elmore Magazine - Read more here.
"Some top bands have already found her material. We’ll be hearing a lot more from this fine songwriter in the future." --RCB Bluegrass Unlimited - Read more here.
"To my ears, Caudill hits a grand slam with this project – top-notch writing, singing and playing, on both bass and banjo." --David Morris, Bluegrass Today - Read more here.
"Ashleigh Caudill has an undeniable gift for songwriting with a keen aptitude for carving out a tune." -Claire Lynch
"Looney Bird... showcases her singing, picking, and songwriting skills mixing her love of old time and bluegrass music." --John Lawless - Read more here.
"I am thrilled to be one of the first to hear some of the potential of this talented songwriter...Ashleigh is a rare find, a fine musician and vocalist with drive and energy to work hard at reaching the best she can be... The songs are fresh and have a post modern bluegrass feel and sound while hints of old time and traditional music elements feather throughout the lyrics and melodies." -Jim Hurst
"I was enamored with Ashleigh Caudill's performance at Pueblo Bluegrass on the River. Ashleigh is not just a bass player keeping the beat, she is leading her band in a fresh, new, captivating and genuinely entertaining stage show. I would recommend Ashleigh Caudill for your next event, venue or festival." - Dick Pierle, Old Blue Sound
"Our alumni are making their mark in bluegrass and related musics: Casey Driessen, Rushad Eggleston, Natalie Maines, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Andy Hall, Chris Pandolfi, Bryn Davies, Japanese banjo player Hiro Arita, and some newly minted alumni like Nate Leath, Ashleigh Caudill, Joe Walsh, and Charlie Worsham." -Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown's IBMA Keynote Address
"Ashleigh reminds me of why I love music so much, not only is she a great musician, singer and songwriter, with very clever arrangements, but she sings and performs her tunes with a passion and joy that everyone strives to achieve… I know that everyone else is going to fall in love with her and her original music." -Tim Carter: Musician/Recording Engineer