Songwriter Ash brings together Sheffield and Texas

Texan singer-songwriter Ash Gray, who is now based in Sheffield
Texan singer-songwriter Ash Gray, who is now based in Sheffield

Texan roots rocker Ash Gray is launching his second album in his adopted home city of Sheffield.

The new album Chicken Wire follows on from the acclaimed Once I Got Burned, released back in 2014.

It was released last month on gatefold vinyl, CD and download through Labelship.

Raised in Austin but currently based in Sheffield, Gray recruited musicians from both cities to contribute to the album.

The final mixdown was created by Grammy-nominated Austin producer Chris ‘Frenchie’ Smith, known for his work with bands including The Darkness, Dandy Warhols and The Answer.

The finishing touch came from renowned Sheffield poster artist Martin Bedford who designed the elaborate gatefold sleeve.

Speaking about the recording, Gray said: “The album represents a nice bridge that’s been developing between Sheffield and Austin in the three years that I’ve called Sheffield home.

“I met so many amazing musicians in Sheffield and have tightened connections with old and new acquaintances in Austin since I began working on these recordings and I was interested in trying to include everyone that I’d been playing with.”

Gray came to prominence around the turn of the century in punk-grass outfit The High Class Family Butchers, alongside Ben Nicholls, now in Kings Of The South Seas, before relocating to New York with psych-pop band Ash Gray & The Girls.

The album launch takes place at Toolmakers Live at Toolmakers Brewery on Botsford Street, Sheffield, S3 9PF tonight, Friday February 16. Support acts are 20ft Squid Blues Band, Frogbelly and Symphony. Tickets are available online at