This young group from southwest Virginia is fronted by 23 year old vocalist Blankenship, with Joshua Underwood on banjo, Dustin Pyrtle on guitar, Jimmy Creed on bass, and Caleb Courtner on mandolin. They will be finishing their first album over the winter with Sammy Shelor producing and engineering.
Ashlee has won kudos from some bluegrass heavy hitters in her part of the country.
“I feel like the sky is the limit for Ashlee. She has a powerful voice that can wrap around any song, whether old or new, and deliver it with authority and confidence.”
“Ashlee Blankenship is my favorite of the up and coming singers in the bluegrass industry. She’s soulful and energetic with a great range, and can sing anything from traditional to contemporary bluegrass with great feeling!”
The single is Paul Williams and Sam Humphrey’s Deep River, originally recorded and released as a single by Jimmy Martin in the 1950s.
Have a listen to Ashlee and the boys’ version…
Deep River: [http://www.ashleeblankenship.com/resources/Ashlee%20Blankenship-Deep%20River.mp3]