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& Legacy

"It must be a crime for a woman so young and beautiful to play and sing that good."
                                                                   -Tony Rice

Receiving worldwide recognition for her music, Ashley Lewis and her band, Legacy, 
enthrall audiences across the country with fiery instrumentation and impassioned 
vocals.  Known for her sparkling vocals and captivating mandolin performances, 
Ashley is also a profound songwriter, and   evidence of her Kentucky bluegrass legacy 
appears in the words and music of her original songs.  While her roots are in 
bluegrass, Ashley branches out to deliver an energetic and riveting  performance with 
an innovative approach to all facets and genres of music while providing fresh 
definition to the traditional tunes.  By blending a variety of mandolin styles and her 
own rhythmic technique, Ashley has developed that unique and distinctive Ashley 
Lewis signature sound.

Whether at home in the USA or abroad, her band consists of some of the finest talent 
known.  The combined effects of pure vocals, smooth harmonies and acoustic 
instruments consisting of mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, dobro, and upright bass 
blend to create that inspiring newgrass sound.  They give an unforgettable 
performances with an honest and genuine quality that leaves audiences spellbound. 
Award winning artist, Dale Ann Bradley comments on Ashley’s music, “I sat there with 
a smile on my face the whole time. You are a natural!  You have the beauty in your 
heart and it comes through in your music.”  

While touring and entertaining from coast to coast and beyond, some highlights have 
been her performance on the Emmy Award winning program, Arts Across Illinois on 
WTTW Centerstage, and has often been featured on the Avalon Theatre stage at the 
Fallsview Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  

A seven-time award recipient of the Illinois Arts Council for mandolin, she has also 
been recognized by the Illinois Arts Council as an accomplished and accredited Illinois 
ArtsTour musician who is preserving  the heritage and art of Americana music. She 
graduated from Waubonsee College with a Music Performance degree and 
Presidential Honors. In 2007, she was honored with the prestigious “Fab 40” Award 
from the college for her musical contribution to society as a musical artist.

Ashley is thrilled to release her third album, Captivated.  Produced by Jimmy Mattingly 
and co-produced by Ashley, Captivated is a contemporary twist of progressive grass 
and richly rooted tradition.  With Ashley’s signature slick mandolin licks, impressively 
driven dobro by Andy Hall, the inspired bass playing of Dennis Crouch, fiery fiddling of 
Jimmy Mattingly, powerful banjo of Sammy Shelor, solid guitar of Cody Kilby, Kent 
Wells and Josh Williams along with the warm texture of Josh’s harmony, this album is 
a force to reckon with.  Producer Jimmy Mattingly says, “This album is a great example 
of an unbelievable talent which is portrayed on this project through Ashley’s prolific 
songwriting, musicianship, and passionate vocal style.”  With a plethora of veteran 
talents also including Vince Gill, Carl Jackson, Jon Randall and more, this CD soars 
through 12 of Ashley’s original songs, including “Ghost” written with IBMA Songwriter 
of the Year, Jon Weisberger, plus a beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah” and an 
unforgettable retro cut of “Minor Swing.”
This impressive band lineup includes 8-Time Illinois State Banjo Champion, Doug Knecht,
Guitar player extraordinaire, Jon Mollenhauer, and powerhouse Bassist, Teresa Fry.  
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