The worldwide debut of Captivated is making a dynamic impression on radio and fans alike. Ashley's signature slick mandolin licks, impressively driven dobro by Andy Hall, the inspired bass playing of Dennis Crouch, fiery fiddling of Jimmy Mattingly, powerful banjo of Sammy Shelor, solid guitar of Cody Kilby, Kent Wells and Josh William along with the warm texture of Josh's harmony make this album a force to reckon with. Sailing to the top of the charts with the leading single, "Rivers Rising," a total of ten songs went on to chart in the Bluegrass Today National Airplay Survey Top 20. Producer, Jimmy Mattingly says, "This album is a great example of an unbelievable talent which is portrayed on this project through Ashley's prolific songwriting, musicianship and passionate vocal style."
Carl Jackson's vocal performance on "Blockade Runner" is incredible, haunting, and brilliantly executed on this song which is based on a true Civil War legend. Vince Gill contributes his phenomenal guitar solo style on the fun swing song, "You Put The Fire In Me" penned by Ashley Lewis and Jimmy Mattingly. Jon Randall's harmony vocals blend warmth and truth into every track, while Dennis Crouch's bass backs up the album with strength and integrity. Andy Hall's dobro dances through the album with spot on sincerity, while Josh Williams' rich voice is featured on the duet, "Another Place Another Time", intertwining yet another element of dimension to this anthology of songs.
This CD soars through 12 of Ashley's original songs, including, "Ghost" co-written with IBMA Songwriter of the Year, Jon Weisberger, plus a beautiful rendition of "Hallelujah" and an unforgettable retro cut of "Minor Swing."
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