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About the ArtistRaised in the "live music capital of the world," eighteen-year-old Ariel Abshire has always been surrounded by great music and the people who make it. She started singing classic hardcore country at honky tonks and dance halls with Texas Music Hall of Famer Alvin Crow at age eleven. For years, Austin's legendary Broken Spoke was Ariel's second home where her talents were nurtured by the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Clifford Antone, Dale Watson, and countless other Austin greats.
But Ariel's musical influences are not limited to the country realm. Stepfather, Lance Fever (lead singer for the notable 90s punk/ska band Gals Panic), introduced her to Austin’s alternative scene at an early age and steered his friend Andy Sharp toward producing her debut CD, “Exclamation Love.” This self-penned album of original material was immediately snatched up by San Diego label, Darla Records (My Morning Jacket, Robin Guthrie) and released just after Ariel’s seventeenth birthday. The record made several top ten lists and received critical acclaim from such A-list sources as The Boston Globe, The Austin Chronicle, Exclaim! and Some Velvet Blog. And the live act that followed earned her a spot on The Austin Chronicle’s ‘Top Ten Female Vocalists’ list of 2009.
Abshire is currently performing with her band in venues across Texas, and has recently shared the bill with Jerry Jeff Walker, Kellie Pickler, Roger Creager, Robert Earl Keen, Graham Reynold's Golden Arm Trio, etc. Her voice can also be heard on the soundtracks of feature films by Robert Rodriguez and Trevor Romain, numerous video game projects, and an animated cartoon for Adult Swim’s William Street Studios. A second record is in the works.
Singer-Songwriter (female) Winner, September 2011
Top 10 in Singer-Songwriter (female), March 2011
Top 40 in Singer-Songwriter (female), July 2011
Boston Globe: Sound off
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Austin Chronicle: Texas Platters
by Ariel Abshire's debut disc, Exclamation Love (Darla), is an utterly exquisite and remarkable recording. At 17, Abshire has a voice that booms full-blown, and the lean instrumentation courtesy of...
Some Velvet Blog: Ariel Abshire is Hot
by Some Velvet BlogAriel Abshire is hot. 17 years young, the young la...Ariel Abshire is hot. 17 years young, the young lady released her debut albumExclamation Love last year on Darla Records.From...
by Every once in a greatwhile a thing comes along that is so beyond our mortal expectationsthat it leaves us speechless, completely numbed and dumbstruck. This isjust such a thing. The marvel here is...