The 2019 release by Ashley & Simpson.
Comprised of Jennifer Ashley and Joel Simpson, Ashley & Simpson are quickly becoming folk scene favorites. This folk duo blends traditional songs and instrumentation along with beautiful vocal harmonies reminiscent of famous duos such as Ian & Silvia and The Everly Brothers. Their February 2019 sophomore release “Off To Here Land” debuted as the #7 TOP ALBUM on the Folk Radio Charts, and Ashley & Simpson earned the distinction of #9 TOP ARTIST for the month.
Ashley & Simpson have gone back to their roots to explore that vast repertoire of American folk music drawing from classical and jazz influences. On this 2019 self-produced album, you will find no limit to their imagination by the way each song stands alone, has their signature sound, and pays tribute to the original sources. “Off To Here Land” is both ahead of it’s time and leaves you feeling as if they were there when the songs were written.
“Remarkably unique, Off to Here Land sheds a contemporary light on this timeless music, making it accessible without sacrificing its integrity. The recording, however, is not a mere preservation effort. It highlights the contemporary relevance of these gems as well as Ashley & Simpson’s brilliant creativity. ” -Chicago Jazz Magazine
Fine traditional material as well as original songs… gorgeous harmony blend and musicianship.
-Lilli Kuzma, Folk Festival (WDCB – Glen Ellyn, IL)
The ghosts of Doc Watson and Jerry Garcia are smiling. The rolling fingerpicking and sparse accompaniment serve these songs perfectly. Sincere, thoughtful and well-played folk acoustic music.
-Jim Colbert, The Folk Show (WSPU – State College, PA)
I love Jennifer & Joel’s music. They have beautiful harmonies that are highlighted by their imaginative and skillful arrangements. Really nice folks, too!
– Kevin Elliott, From the Joshua Tree Inn (WEFT – Champaign, IL)
Ashley & Simpson have created a folk album that is both traditional in style but with fresh harmonies that are a delight to hear. Love their version of “Freight Train!”
– Ed Mellnik, Pastures of Plenty (KBOO – Portland, OR)