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PREMIERE: Ashley Heath: “You Think I’m A Fool” [LISTEN]

Oct 17, 2022Premieres

PREMIERE: Ashley Heath’s “You Think I’m A Fool”

Listen to “You Think I’m A Fool” from the forthcoming EP Something to Believe

Something to Believe will be released by Organic Records on October 21

The EP is now available for pre-save, add and order ahead of its October 21 release.

 

North Carolina’s Ashley Heath took the plunge seven years ago when she quit her barista job to pursue music full-time.  Now, after many years of playing gigs of all sizes and making a name for herself regionally, she is ready to hit the national spotlight with her latest EP, Something to Believe.

Entirely self-written, arranged and produced, Something to Believe showcases a musical arc that is representative of Heath’s different styles.

 

Of “You Think I’m a Fool,” Heath says:

“Well, this is the first cheatin’ song I’ve ever written! The song is about a lady who’s on the road talking on the phone to her partner and something feels weird. So she turns around and drives over to his house and another girl is there! The chorus lyrics are ‘You think I’m a fool but I ain’t playing charades anymore with you. You think I’m a fool but I ain’t guessing games anymore with you.’  We never find out what happens in the end because there isn’t a third verse! The instrumentation is bluesy and rocking, is really fun to jam to in the live version, and has a tense build-up to the chorus. I love singing this one live because the song is really powerful, gets loud, and is very expressive!”

 

Pre-save, add or order Something To Believe HERE.

Listen to “You Think I’m a Fool” by Ashley Heath:

Ashley Heath: Something to Believe

About Something to Believe by Ashley Heath

From Organic-Records.com:

 

Arden, North Carolina (August 30, 2022) — Some seven years ago, Ashley Heath gave up her job as a North Carolina barista, leaping into a full-time musician’s career. Now, with the upcoming release of her debut EP for Organic Records, she’s taking a big step forward onto a national stage — a step that, as Something To Believe’s six songs show, she’s more than ready to make.

The EP is now available for pre-save, add and order ahead of its October 21 release.

From the first ominous notes of the title and opening track to the last lush chord of the aching closer, “How Long,” Something To Believe offers a clear portrait of a young artist who knows exactly what she’s doing.

For Heath, the road to this moment has been something of a throwback to the days before social media virality — slogging it out through a succession of appearances around her native Western North Carolina that ranged from the “character-building” grind of coffeehouse and bar gigs to higher profile sets at MerleFest and other renowned gatherings in the music-friendly region. Along the way, she’s been named “best Americana artist of the year” by the readers of local alternative weekly Mountain Xpress, and among the best of the year by Americana flagship station WNCW, too.

Still, Something To Believe is a momentous punctuation point.  Entirely self-written, arranged and produced, the project is a bold musical statement that offers a succinct yet compelling portrait, and though it’s an EP, it nevertheless traces an easily discernible musical arc. Opening with the rocking title track, which offers the first glimpse of Heath’s blend of strength and vulnerability — both lyrically and vocally — it turns quickly to the pleading of “I Remember,” with its blend of country and r&b touches, followed by the more restrained fatalism of “The Letter,” with its poignant acknowledgment that:

“You’ve set your mind and I couldn’t change a thing
Even if I wrote it all down in a letter” 

The mood of resignation continues with the still gentler acoustic guitar and country feel of “I’m Used To It,” before the more spirited defiance of “You Think I’m A Fool,” which recaps the moody flavor of the opener, while stretching out to give more room to Heath’s hand-picked accompanists. Closing out the project is a nifty change of pace — a “quiet storm” flavored, vibe-y “How Long,” that flows so smoothly that a listener might not even notice that the lyric is composed entirely of questions:

“What will happen to my dreams…Will they get lost in yours…When I put my time into you, will you walk out the door?”

“I chose these specific songs for my third EP because they were the songs I had written pre-pandemic and had planned on recording in 2019,” says Heath. “I wanted those collections of songs to stay together and the songs written during the pandemic to be a different collection. They were more representative of what I was like as a person and a reflection of what I was going through emotionally during that particular time of my life.”

“I hope that listeners can hear the diversity of genres throughout the songwriting as well as the intimacy and strength of my voice,” Heath continues. “I think the collective message of this album is we must stay strong and continue!”

Pre-save, add or order Something To Believe HERE.

About Ashley Heath

Deeply rooted in the flourishing music scene of Asheville, North Carolina, singer and songwriter Ashley Heath is quickly winning over Americana music fans with her “velvet soul” singing and close-to-the-bone songs. Heath began pursuing music full-time in the spring of 2015, and has appeared at prominent clubs and festivals such as MerleFest, Bonnaroo and Shakori Hills and Floydfest, playing in support of Davy Knowles, The Masters of Bluegrass, Anders Osborne, Shamarr Allen of Galactic, and other staples of the scene. Described as a musician who’s “got that sparkle” by the Asheville Citizen-Times, Heath has the ability to “happily sing everything from Bonnie Raitt-style songs to classic folk, bluegrass, the blues and original material.” Her unique style, born from her upbringing in North Carolina’s “Jewel of the Blue Ridge,” Madison County, led to a win in the MerleFest band competition in 2018, and her relatable, thoughtful lyrics and gritty, bluesy sound have brought her growing recognition, including appearances on WNCW’s Top 100 list and “Best of WNC” awards for several years in a row.

 

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