Wednesday, January 15, 2014


It's almost Saturday night! I want to be all ho-hum, it's-just-a-gig about it, but this time there will be several firsts. First time with guitar, first time playing about 10 new songs. First time with the new girl group. First time at Vienna Coffeehouse, and first time for almost all of my E. TN friends to see me doing my singer/songwriter thing. I'm so happy with my new collaborators; Vicki, my new friend who can play anything and sing anything and is giving me much-needed guitar support. And Margaret, who I have sung with for 20 years. New friends and old. Plus several Maryville Songwriters' Association friends sitting in, and the great Jim Horenburg coming out to play too.

I'm trying out some new gear, too, and so far it works simply and if it doesn't work it's nonessential. Had to have a tech rehearsal today just to get it all up and running. I don't know how long it will be before I feel like an ordinary person who plays guitar in an ordinary way, instead of a beginner who is trying to fool everyone into thinking I can play. I can tell you right now that there will be some missed chords, and that's going to have to be okay.

I hope I have video, audio, pictures... They usually video at Vienna which presents a few sticky copyright problems but I'll hope to work them out.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Vienna Coffeehouse


I have long been a fan of our local coffeehouse. They used to inhabit a cute building on High Street with a lot of little cozy rooms but it wasn't set up very well for live performance. Now they have moved to a big, fabulous space with a nice stage and (heart be still!) a real piano. Parking lot. Drive-through. It's what the great urban coffee shops have, plus the convenience of East Tennessee life.

I went to see some music last week featuring my friends Eric Spurgeon and Charlie Katt at Vienna's First Friday music show, and boy are they doing it right. Great sound, nice people, beautiful singing and songwriting. Get out and support the artists at Vienna when you can.

Friday, September 27, 2013


I have help in the studio, which I really really need. Jim Horenburg, guitar wizard, is cutting some guitar and bass for me, and getting it done better in two hours than it would take me two months to get. I'm not good at asking for help but when I finally do it's such a relief.

Hopefully he will next advise me in how to get the vocals to sound better, once I get a good take (which this isn't).

Still... it's a fun song. "Leave Me"

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Here Goes

New song, new guitar player.

"Halfway Married"


copyright 2013 Sarah Motes Ashley

Saturday, August 24, 2013


I'm going to have some. Guitar demos. Of new songs. This week.
I feel like this:
You know. "aaagh!"

Lots of ideas and lyric fragments. Here's one that is part of a re-fit of an old, old song:

Go on and try, deny
You know you're gorgeous when you lie
lie lie lie some more
I like it
You keep hanging around and around and around
talking to me all night
then you say I'm not your type
it's the story of my life

Anyway, I'm having someone else play my guitar demos which is why they'll be, uh, kinda good.

I'm in the market for a young, female, great singer to write songs with/for. Know anybody?