Guest-blogger Jake Linger attended the Ashley Forrest show at Rams Head On Stage last weekend. Here is what he had to say:
Rams Head On Stage opened in 1997 with a performance by Livingston Taylor. Over the past 16 years, the venue has been ranked by Pollstar to be the #1 Music Venue under 500 seats in the world, and countless artists have played there as their career pendulum was swinging either up or down.
Crofton resident Ashley Forrest, whose country music career is decisively on the way up, blew the roof off the 312-seat club last Sunday during the release party for her debut album, “Seven Hundred Miles.”
Forrest, whose backing band Detour provided the rhythm and beats for the performance, got the hootenanny started with a couple covers — Wanda Jackson’s “Shakin’ All Over” and former American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina’s “Georgia Peaches” — before diving into three straight selections from her album.
“If That’s Alright With You” was done beautifully, followed by “What I Did Last Night,” rumored to be the next single released off “Seven Hundred Miles.”
“Eyes Wide Open,” Forrest’s first regional release from Fall 2012, set up her cover of Taylor Swift’s “Our Song” before she left the stage for a break and costume change. Guitarist Mike Ditch then performed Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” with fellow Detour members Meredith Holliday and Shannon Fearon.
Forrest returned to jump right into “Better Dig Two” and then her future hit “Into You” before just the girls — Forrest, Holliday and Fearon — nailed their version of “Takin’ Pills.”
The set ended with “Pourin’ Over Me,” Forrest’s first international single that climbed into the mid-50s of the Music Row Country Breakout Chart this spring.
For the encore, Forrest shot off one of her most performed covers, “Gunpowder and Lead.”
After the show, Forrest and her management were already finalizing a deal to open for a high-profile artist, but details could not be confirmed as of this writing.
For information on Ashley Forrest and Detour — also made up of band leader and percussionist Buffalo Lee Jordan, guitarist Ed Harris, and Roy Bell, who plays piano, fiddle, and steel guitar — visit www.ashleyforrestmusic.com.