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Stephen Ashbrook to play Bobbie’s Place in Leadville

Kathy Bedell
Leadville Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily
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LEADVILLE, Colorado ”

On Saturday, singer/songwriter Stephen Ashbrook will play an solo acoustic performance at Bobbie’s Place at 9:30 p.m. Don’t know who Ashbrook is? Haven’t heard of him? Well it won’t be long.

Thankfully, there are still a few Leadville bars committed to bringing great live music to town. Bobbie’s Place (115 West 6th Street in Leadville) is one of those places.

Anyone who’s been plugged in to the mountain music scene for any length of time, remembers Leadville’s days of “Dudley’s Kitchen” when bands like String Cheese Incident, Left Over Salmon and blues great Bobby Dixon used to play at the Golden Burro after their bigger gigs down in Vail.

Even when these musicians moved on to bigger venues, they all fondly remembered their Leadville gigs (and after hours jams!). Leadville might not have the big jazz festivals or venues like the Ford Ampitheater, but when it comes to good music, The Cloud City has its own roots.

With a subwoofer-like baritone voice that has been on many occasions compared to the lead singer of Crash Test Dummies, and soulful, honest lyrics Ashbrook keeps his fans coming back for more.

In fact, first time listeners often have a difficult time extracting his solo acoustic “Navigator” CD from their players. Ashbrook’s pure, heartfelt lyrics were once described as “great campfire music.”

Stephen’s career began hitting the high notes in 1998 and again in 2000 when he was named Best Acoustic Performer of the year by Phoenix’s Get Out Entertainment Magazine. He even gave a command performance for President Bill Clinton.

In 2002, Ashbrook released, “American B Sides” a compilation the musician describes as “rock and roll with folk sensibilities.” Ashbrook produced the CD himself after being told by one too many music executives that all he had was “b side” songs.

His struggles with the music industry are reflected in the first track, “Rock and Roll,” when he sings, “I don’t need to be discovered man, because I was never lost.”

Ashbrook’s bio and accolades are all laid out at http://www.stephenashbrook.com so check out the man and his music before you head to the Leadville show this Saturday. And make sure to bring some extra dough to purchase his CDs. Bring a sharpie along as well; you’ll want to get this guy’s autograph. Then you can tell everyone that you saw him when he played In the ‘Ville.

Kathy Bedell writes a weekly column for The Leadville Chronicle. She may be reached at grpkin@hotmail.com.


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