ION INDIE MAGAZINE May 2017, Volume 36 - Page 28

AW: Smaller audiences can be much more fun than bigger audiences--as long as you have one thing: engagement. Being able to really talk to and sing and dance with a crowd of people of a smaller size is usually the coolest feeling. When everyone is into the music as much as you are, it’s incredible. It’s those moments as a musician that you live for. TS: Who was the artist that you listened to as a youngster, who at that moment, inspired you to pick up the guitar and write songs? AW: I grew up listening to a lot of, what we now consider, classic/traditional country music. So, I had a lot of influences that really spoke to my love for telling stories via song. However, if I had to narrow it down to one, I would say Dolly. As a female in country music who also is a writer, she is a path maker in the industry. She can take you on a journey with a few chords and great lyrics. TS: Final thoughts, shout outs, parting statements? AW: I always have to thank my little but strong team for everything that they do for me. It’s not easy to be, or work for an independent artist, but they give 110% every day to keep us rolling. My booking agent Anita Sayago--you are a dream and an incredible hustler to work with. You make things happen when most people couldn’t. To Kiki Plesha, my amazing publicist, for slaving away for hours a day on the ever-growing “to-do list” I keep you busy with. Your fairy magic is mind blowing! And finally, my family needs a major thank you because without them, I wouldn’t even have been able to start building my career nor would it be as fun. Tim, I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me today and hope that I get to see you again in the future! Rock on! www.ashleywineland.com