Ashley Riley has been a staple in the music scene of her hometown Decatur, Illinois, where she got her start hosting open mic nights in 2008, helping to revitalize and nurture the underground singer-songwriter scene in town.
On April 8th, the songstress, who has garnered favorable comparisons to Patty Griffin and Stevie Nicks, will release Through the Thin, her new 13-song collection of dreamy Americana gems; this album finds Riley a bit stronger and wiser than before, her down-to-the-bone vulnerability wrapped up in a cozy, warm blanket–gritty, rootsy moments backed by lush instrumentation that incorporates genres such as indie rock and pop into her folk niche.
Of her single, “Times”, Riley says, “I wrote it during a time in my life when I was going through a strange state of mind, where nothing was ‘wrong,’ yet I was dealing with extreme anxiety and self-imposed pressure to have everything figured out, which, let’s face it, is just not realistic. I basically wrote ‘Times’ to encourage myself and to pick myself up and tell myself that everything was going to be okay. I think what I would like listeners to take away from ‘Times’ is the hope that whatever it is you’re going through, YOU can build yourself back up in time.”
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Times” by Ashley Riley: