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.
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 (WPSU – State College, PA)
Ashley & Simpson album released Oct 7, 2017. The album is a concept album telling the story of fictional characters Winnie and Johnny.Winnie tells a quintessential love story from Smalltown, USA. Just as Winnie gets her big break in Hollywood, she reconnects with childhood friend Johnny and falls in love. However, love was not part of Winnie’s plan to continue her fairytale career. She makes the painful decision to leave Johnny behind, only to realize a life with him was her true dream come true all along. This album chronicles the journey of Winnie and Johnny.
All the songs on the album were written and produced by Ashley & Simpson. Their sound has been called “indie folk” and blends traditional folk instrumentation with modern writing and production techniques. The album features several nationally known, prominent Chicago musicians making guest appearances.