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Ashleigh Flynn And "A Million Stars"

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You might be familiar with a few of the stories on Portland musician Ashleigh Flynn‘s new album, A Million Stars. You’ll find Calamity Jane and Prohibition Rose, Ma Rainey and Loretta Lynne. She calls her musical style “tomboy Americana,” and her latest release features many collaborators and was produced by Chris Funk (from The Decemberists and Black Prairie.)

When Flynn joined us in May, she said the idea for the album came from chancing upon a painting of a cowgirl under a night sky by her young niece. (The painting became the cover art.) She said the she saw herself in the cowgirl, and then started thinking about her connections to those other women from legend and real life.

Flynn has live shows coming up in Portland and the Oregon Country Fair. And here’s a song she performed during the interview — about a historical woman in Portland known as “Prohibition Rose.”  

Have you heard Ashleigh Flynn or seen her perform? What appeals to you about her music? 

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