Artist Bio

Influences:   On my heavy rotation the last little bit: Jamila Woods, Tank and the Bangas, Big Thief, Michael Kiwanuka, Janis Ian, Joni Mitchell, Lana Del Rey, the Go-Betweens, and "Hadestown" (original concept album and Broadway)

My name is Ashley Brewer. FAWM 2020 is FAWM number 5!! She/her/hers

Indie folky alt-country rock-ish singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Guitar, piano, uke, mandolin, autoharp. Voice of an angel who's seen some sh*t.

Can't say production value will be much higher for FAWM this year, though I've been working on that a tad. Been REALLY working on my guitar playing *cough after literally over 20 years of playing guitar* -- I use a pick now! I practice! I DO SCALES! We'll see if y'all notice.

Where is my head at this time around? Late-stage capitalism, social justice, society is collapsing, the world is literally dying by fire, and OH LOOK ANOTHER PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN THE US. You know. THE USUAL. I'm really just hoping FAWM will keep me off of Twitter.

But also, I just finally read the Hobbit and am now tearing through the Lord of the Rings. The Shire is maybe an excellent example of anarcho-syndacalism? We'll work through this together! Other pop culture s*** will probably sneak in also. (Will "Pose" be my 2020 "Big Little Lies"? Stay tuned to find out!!)

I used to be in a band and am now solo and/so love to collab! Feel free to hit me up.

Happy to be a part of this wild community for another year!

Songs (18)

#1 Palo Alto 14
Feb 1
#2 Punxsutawney Phil 11
Feb 3
#3 Before Iowa 7
Feb 4
#4 After Iowa 6
Feb 6
#5 I Need Space 5
Feb 9
#6 Fight Within a Fight 8
Feb 12
#7 Bulandet 6
Feb 13
#8 Eat the Rich (Little Piggies) 2
Feb 18
#9 Happy Birthday To Me (I Made it This Far) 7
Feb 19
#10 Sailor Neptune 4
Feb 20
#11 Arwen (In Defense of Gentleness) 4
Feb 20
#12 When All the Androids Fall Asleep, Where Do the Electric Sheep Go? 7
Feb 26
#13 Molly (The Mazda Miata) 5
Feb 27
#14 Prometheus @thelowestbitter  11
Feb 27
#15 Train Comin' In 7
Feb 28
#16 Quittin' California 5
Feb 29
#17 I'll Never Be Your Favorite (And That's Alright) 2
Feb 29
#18 Swimming at Lunchtime 3
Mar 1

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  • @rayboneor  Apr 3

    I don't know whether you're stopping by here on occasion, but I wanted to thank you for introducing me to me new best friend, Justin. I'm on day three, just working through some beginner stuff. Justin makes me think I might actually learn to play the damned guitar one day

  • @keithcuts  Feb 28

    Re nic cage .... you get it. You do

  • @aneil Feb 26

    Thx for your awesome comment on Snippity snip! @metalfoot really captured it yes and my sister is already using this for kids classes! Check out @metalfoot sock song for another great kids song

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 25

    Thank you for commenting on my song "The Naked Eye" and my collab song "This Time", I appreciate it!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 25

    You are very, very kind, Ashley! And it's all that @judypie's fault. She MADE ME DO IT!!! 😁

  • @judypie  Feb 25

    Thank you for your lovely comments Ashley! 😁 Ammagonna check something of your materialz out when I get a minute!!

  • @quork  Feb 25

    Thank you for your comment on It’s Too Late. I’m thinking of seeing if it would work as a reggae/ska song, just for fun. πŸ˜€

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 25

    Ashley, did you consider going to FAWM Stock?

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 24

    You are too kind! I look forward to you Anti and will also be listening to some of your other songs!

  • @kahlo2013  Feb 22

    Here is my contribution to the anti-syn or auntie-sin chain #5 - you follow me in the challenge and write an anti song to this... sorry it is a bit crazy and good luck!

    https://fawm.org/songs/107426/

  • @thelowestbitter  Feb 21

    Cool! Just sent you an email πŸ˜€

  • @johnstaples  Feb 19

    Ashley, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments on Colton James and Who Do You Pray For? I am delighted with both songs and still kinda amazed that these flow out during FAWM! I'll be checking out more of your lovely work soon.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 19

    Have at it! (I refuse to apologize for adding my unique brand of silliness to FAWM this year!)

    Thanks SO much for your kind words on my songs, as well. πŸ˜€

  • @metalfoot  Feb 19

    Let me encourage you (if you haven't) to listen to a bunch of the other Tan Van Man songs. They all have their own quirky charm!

  • @cphaurckker  Feb 13

    Thanks for the comment - love your stuff! About that open mic, if you're interested, it's the 3rd Wednesday of the month, Castleburg Brewing; music starts at 6:30. Next one's on Feb 19 - would love to see you there!

  • @owl  Feb 7

    Oh man I'm so glad I'm not the only one in the #iudsbecauseoftrump club--thank you for sharing. It made me really upset at the time, actually, because of all the insurance shit was horrible (the clinic I went to was covered by my insurance, the individual doctor wasn't, and because he wasn't the device wasn't either, so suddenly something "free" became VERY expensive, all completely elective and done out of fear). But I felt like I couldn't even bitch about the whole broken, fucked-up system on social media or even with some of the people close to me out of judgment over my decision, because they'd rather be seeing me making babies... people are complicated, the world sucks, at least I was in a place in my life where I could afford the surprise bill and still pay my rent. (Maybe I need to write another song about this, jeez)

  • @rayboneor  Feb 6

    Thanks for the very specific advice!!. Sounds like it could be a life-changer--and I mean that. FAWM actually changed my life, as I was no kind of "artist" or musician before I started taking part in these challenges. I feel that my very conception of myself has changed as I pursue this dumb thing a couple times a year

  • @rayboneor  Feb 6

    I'm inspired by your comments about the guitar. I've been "playing" for a long time--by which I mean that I shove the guitar into a closet until two weeks before FAWM starts. And I never use a pick, until FAWM starts and I realize how terrible my recordings sound without it. Any advice on how to up my game? Practice, I know...but anything place to start?

  • @ustaknow Feb 4

    Oh Hey, -- thanks for that; I appreciate it. Thanks for have a listen, and listening πŸ˜€ hahhh!

  • @suzimuzi Feb 3

    Hi again, liking your 2 songs so far... Well done. I've not managed to post anything yet - too much work to do! Anyway is there a messaging system on FAWM? I don't think so. Happy to exchange emails or we could set up a WhatsApp? Let me know what works for you...

  • @owl  Feb 3

    Hello! Thank you for coming by to comment! I'll have to come listen to Punxsutawney Phil later, but I just wanted to mention that we have a groundhog ceremony in the neighboring city of Sun Prairie and the groundhog bit the mayor of Sun Prairie on the ear yesterday and I'm very proud of him.

  • @lishie5000 Feb 2

    Love Palo Alto. Can’t wait to hear more! Sharp and witty and warm.

  • @haim  Feb 1

    Hi there. Have a happy fawm. I see you got your first song. Congrats. I'll listen soon.

  • @vomvorton  Jan 2020

    Hey Ashley! Good to see you too. Many happy FAWMz!

  • @suzimuzi Jan 2020

    Hi Ashley, I see from the random collaborations thread we're paired... Looking forward to what we produce. Get in touch when and we'll find something to write about when FAWM starts...

  • @tamsnumber4  Jan 2020

    YES! There you are!! Can't wait to hear what you create!!!

  • @owl  Jan 2020

    Yay!!! I can't wait to hear what you come up with. And the new guitar-with-pick action! I only finally got sort of comfortable this year with playing arpeggios with a pick instead of fingerpicked. I also discovered I had a pick preference last year for the first time in my life! I like the heavyweight Star picks (blue) because they're easier to keep a grip on, and it turns out I like playing with a heavy pick. https://www.amazon.com/Everly-30025-S...

  • @owl  Jan 2020

    Are you doing it this year? Have an amazing FAWM!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2020

    *waves hello*

  • @standup  Jan 2020

    Happy FAWMing, if you're around this year I'll be listening.