October 17, 2013, 3:28 pm -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The country-pop singer and songwriter known as Tim Ash has released his latest LP record album, titled, “Up on Blocks.” The album is comprised of 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been released on the A&M / SMG Nashville music record label. A rocking, swinging cross between contemporary country-pop sensibilities and traditional country-western music, “Up on Blocks” is a straightforward introduction to this captivating and earnest country artist from the United States of America.
Ash represents his American culture in a blue-collar, grass-roots way that is unusual to find in such a remarkably talented performer. He stands as the fourth-generation of musicians in his family line, amply able with guitar, bass, drums and piano in addition to his copious singing abilities. He has also carried on the family tradition of working with his hands, which informs his songwriting as a man of the people.
“I grew up among a family of pipe fitters, construction workers and musicians,” he writes. “The Ash family name is synonymous with hard work and music. We work as hard as we play; we work and play with heart.”
He cites as main artistic influences an upbeat mix of classic rock and country legends, such as Garth Brooks, David Lee Roth, Jon Bon Jovi, New Grass Revival, The Eagles, and the Little River Band. Elements of each are easily pointed out in his songwriting, his tone and his timbre on “Up on Blocks,” yet the album clearly belongs in the country music category rather than to the rock genre. Lyrically, his themes tend toward the American-folk style of storytelling and occasionally to the spiritual.
This spiritual bent comes from the same place as does the album's title. Following a horrific accident at a work site, Ash's body was lain up for a 30-month recovery time, fraught with painful rehabilitation.
“We were working in an open hole at a refinery,” he relates, “wrapping up our day with just few more welds to fire, and then – black! When I became conscious, I saw my boot up near my ear. (I didn't realize my foot was still in it.) I had a busted kneecap and ball joint; my right arm was hanging limp – ligaments completely torn; doctors had to drill a hole in my skull to relieve the pressure. I truly was a ‘dead man walking.'”
Having since healed from this near-death experience, Ash has recorded three independent projects, been courted by two major labels, and shared stages with artists like Keith Urban,Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts, as well as having toured with Travis Tritt on Tritt's “Grill For The Thrill Tour.”
Ash has stated that “faith and family” are his strength, and that music is his medicine.
“Up on Blocks” by Tim Ash is available online worldwide.
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