Newcomer Ashley Barron is making an explosive entrance to the country scene with her debut single “It Might Get Loud.” A California native, Barron’s southern soul derives from her family’s Kentucky roots. Her love for the outdoors – hunting and fishing in the mountains or making a wake on the water – has inspired her invigorating musical style. Barron has been playing the California circuit and building a loyal fanbase for more than 2.5 years, all while running her own record label Barron Music. Laying the foundation to make her mark in Music City, she has been filling her schedule with co-writes, appearances, and of course this interview with Battered and Brewed! Check it out below!
Thank you so much for chatting with us Ashley! We are diggin your new single “It Might Get Loud!” Tell us a little about it. Are you mainly inspired by what happens around you for your songs?
Yes, I feel like the best songs come from the heart. They come from life experiences.
How long have you been honing your craft as a singer/songwriter?
I have been singing professionally for five years now, but the writing is new to me. When I was a little girl I was really good at telling stories and my mom would tell me that it would come in handy one day! Well, it definitely has, songs are stories and they’re my story.
When can fan’s expect a full album or EP?
I just released my song “It Might Get Loud” and I’ll be releasing another single after that. I’m planning on having an EPs worth of songs released by Spring 2018.
What’s your getting loud and rowdy drink?
A straight shot of tequila
Any big plans for the rest of 2017?
We’ve got tons of awesome shows coming up this fall. I’ll be opening for William Michael Morgan in September and we’ll be performing for the Grand National Rodeo at Cow Palace in October.
If we turned on your iPod/music device, what would be playing?
If you turned on my iPod, I’d either have Miranda Lambert playing or my old school rock playlist.
You have been travelling across the country a ton, from Cali to Nashville, what would you say is the best airport food?
When I’m traveling I always say it’s my cheat day. So any place I see that has Buffalo wings, that’s where I’ll be!
What is your top three food cities?
My top three food cities would be; number one, Nashville! There are some amazing restaurants contently popping up. Number two, I’d have to say my home city Sacramento! Since I have a lot of food allergies, sactown has some amazing places that are accommodating to those. Lastly, number three would have to be Dallas! I have some friends who live out there and take me to some pretty tasty place every time I’m there.
How do you find great meals when you are on the road?
Ask the locals! Who else knows better than the people who live there!
What’s your favorite healthy snack for traveling?
I’ve found that the best way to snack while on the road is bars. There are so many different flavors and brands and they’re all individually wrapped so they’re easy to pack! And yes, I’m that crazy lady that has a zip block baggie full of bars in her purse, lol!
One food everyone tells you to try, but you just can’t get up the nerve.
My band and I were playing a fair one summer and they had fried alligator. My bass player is from New Orleans and wanted all of us to try it. I just couldn’t muster up the guts to eat it.
What can’t you control yourself around food wise?
I have celiac disease so I can’t have wheat, gluten or dairy. Sometimes it’s really hard to eat out and my biggest weakness is when I know I’m in a place with some really good fried chicken or ice cream and if I give in and eat it, I know I’m gonna pay the price!
Aside from your passion for food and music, what’s the one thing that really keeps you ticking?
When I’m not on the road singing my songs, I take advantage of the time I get to be with friends and family. The people in my life are truly my heart and soul. They give me the inspiration I need to keep pushing forward with my dream of music.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
If I could have a drink with one person dead or alive, I’d say June Carter. I feel like her and I could have some serious girl talk about music, life and love while puttin’ down some tequila tonics.
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