NASHVILLE, TN. — (14th Sept, 2021) — Hailed a “‘can’t miss’ country star on the rise” by CMT, Big Loud Records’ Ashland Craft is rattling Country music with her headline-making debut album, TRAVELIN’ KIND. As reviews are stacking up immediately after launch, critics are all-in for a hell of a ride as “Craft cuts to the chase (and to the heart) as she blazes through 11 tracks of barroom ready, soulful, heart-on-her-sleeve songs,” praises Billboard.
With high-profile looks with ET Canada,PEOPLE, CMT, Holler, The Boot, and more, Entertainment Tonight featured album tracks “Make It Past Georgia” and “That’s The Kinda Place” as well on its New Music Releases list. Wide Open Country named her its Act to Watch for September, while Country Aircheck spotlighted Craft in an Off The Record conversation, and Billboard called out “Travelin’ Kind” in First Country. Last Tuesday (7/9), she also launched American Songwriter’s brand-new original broadcast series, Off The Record Live, as their first-ever guest on Twitch. Fans can watch her sit-down interview with host Joe Vito here.
The reviews are in for Ashland Craft’s TRAVELIN’ KIND:
“Travelin’ Kind, a kaleidoscope of sounds that sonically pulls listeners in, giving them a clear look at the person Craft is and the artist she wants to be.” – PEOPLE
“This South Carolina native’s twangy, slightly scratchy vocals lend an extra layer of intense honesty to every lyric.” – Billboard
“a debut album that feels like the rocking, countrified, and passionate creator is putting her entire heart and soul on the line” – CMT
“In sharing her innermost vulnerabilities, Craft puts forth something universally resonant as an ambassador of country music.” – American Songwriter
“music journalists’ most beloved female country artist of late is South Carolina-born 25-year-old Ashland Craft” – Holler
“Ashland Craft Proves Herself a Songwriter on Debut Album, ‘Travelin’ Kind’” – The Boot
Co-writing nine of the 11 songs on the Jonathan Singleton-produced collection herself, 20+ streaming playlists have already added Craft’s TRAVELIN’ KIND with top-tier shout-outs like Spotify’s Hot Country and New Music Friday, Apple Music’s Country Risers, Amazon Music’s Breakthrough Country, Pandora’s Country Artists to Watch 2021 and New Country, plus several others. Tallying nearly 400K YouTube views on her four-part “Rockin’ Lil’ Band Sessions” video series so far, she dropped her final clip today (14/9) with “Leavin’ You Again.” Watch here.
Among CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2021 and Pandora’s Country Artists to Watch 2021, Craft’s momentum is red-hot with a just-announced feature in the second installment of Country collaboration, HIXTAPE: Vol. 2. Read more about the star-studded album via Big Loud Records here.
Keeping up her ramblin’ way of life, Craft continues to support Zac Brown Band’s THE COMEBACK TOUR 2021 through this fall, with her first major performance in Nashville, TN, slated for October 17th at Bridgestone Arena. Find all upcoming tour dates here.
ABOUT ASHLAND CRAFT: Big Loud Records’ Ashland Craft is introducing her own brand of Country music with debut album, TRAVELIN’ KIND, out now. “With equal parts sass and strength, she’s poised to be a major voice in 2021,” deems Nashville Lifestyles. Among CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2021 and Pandora’s Country Artists to Watch 2021, American Songwriter hails, “There’s a New Country Badass in Town, and Her Name is Ashland Craft,” while adding, “This girl has star quality flying out of her boots.” Featured in knockout duet, “SO CLOSE,” off HARDY’s acclaimed album, A ROCK, CMT’s “‘can’t miss’ country star on the rise” has opened tours for major artists like Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, and is currently supporting Zac Brown Band’s THE COMEBACK TOUR 2021. Discovering her honky-tonk spirit while cutting her teeth at a hometown bar in South Carolina singing Country and Rock covers plus cracking Top 10 on NBC’s The Voice, Craft buzzes under the influence of musical heroes Def Leppard, Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt, The Chicks, and Sheryl Crow.