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Ashleigh Flynn Tells Stories In "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, which will be released on May 14. You’ll find Calamity Jane and Prohibition Rose, Ma Rainey and Loretta Lynne. She describes her music as “tomboy Americana,” and her latest release has many collaborators, including Todd Snider and others, and was produced by Chris Funk (from The Decemberists and Black Prairie.)

Flynn says 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 says the she saw herself in the cowgirl, and then started thinking about her connections to those other women from legend and real life.

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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