Naomi Ashley CD Release Show plus LaRaie Zimm
Naomi Ashley started writing songs in 1996 when she stumbled on the Tuesday night open mic at FitzGerald’s. Now, 17 years later, she is back at FitzGerald's celebrating the release of her 4th album “Trying to Fly” funded, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
Naomi’s songs draw influence from American folk, blues and country traditions and are lyrically crafted with inspiration from her favorite short fiction authors. “Trying to Fly,” an exploration of people stuck in various stages of freedom, feels as much like a collection of short stories as it does a musical album and is held together by Naomi’s cream-and-Kahlua voice, her innate sense of melody and a fantastic backing band.
Naomi has opened for national touring artists, Carrie Rodriguez, Paul Thorn, Fred Eaglesmith, Tim O’Brien and Cheryl Wheeler and is active in Chicago’s literary community collaborating with spoken word artists & musicians alike. Her last album “Another Year or So,” was praised by critics as a “brilliant” and “one of the top 5 albums of 2007”.
Joining Naomi on the album and in concert is: Andon Davis on guitar, Cathie Van Wert on violin, Michael Krayniak on bass and Paul Bivans on drums.
Haunting songstress LaRaie Zimm opens the show.