We were lucky enough to capture night 2 of Ashe’s Chicago stop of her The Fault Line tour.
Sold-out and packed with screaming fans, the night began with Birmingham-born, Nashville-based band The Brook & The Bluff. An Alternative/Indie quartet consisting of vocalist Joseph Settine, guitarist Alex Bolton, bassist Fred Lankford, and drummer John Canada; The Brook & The Bluff has two full-length albums to their name, and fans were treated to tracks off of both albums.
Opening with “Shelby” from their debut album First Place, the band followed up with “Misnomer” and “Don’t Go Slippin’ Away” from their newest record Yard Sale. The Brook & The Bluff also played their earliest track “Masks” before closing with “Off The Lawn,” “Halfway Up,” and “Doobie Bronson.”
Ashe’s backing band consisting of friends Donnie Laudicina on guitar, Morgan Paros on violin and keys, and Tim Spier on drums walked on stage to ear-splitting screams of joy. As the lights dimmed, Ashe (real name Ashlyn Rae Willson) glided on stage with bare feet and took her place at the top of a raised platform beneath a curved arch, as she started her set singing “Me Without You.”
Her set was split into 3 Acts: Following up with “I’m Fine” and “Kansas” from her debut album Ashlyn, Ashe never stopped moving as she danced her way back and forth across the stage, full of boundless energy and a mega-watt smile. Fans showered her with flower bouquets as she continued to sing “Someone To Lose” from her earliest EP The Rabbit Hole, and “Save Myself”
Act 2 began with four more tracks from 2021’s Ashlyn: “Not Mad Anymore” and “Love Is Not Enough” followed by acoustic versions of “Taylor” and “When I’m Older.” Things were kicked back up as Ashe closed Act 2 with the danceable track “Another Man’s Jeans.”
Ashe began Act 3 with a cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love” before playing her newly released song “Hope You’re Not Happy,” and unreleased track “Angry Woman.” Ashe closed out her show with “Always” and “Till Forever Falls Apart” before leaving fans with her most famous track “Moral of The Story.”