The 146 Taphouse, 146 W. First St., kicks off its outdoor concert season at 8 p.m. Saturday with Colorado native Adam Ashley and the Cash Only Band.
Born on the Western Slope, Ashley now calls nearby Cañon City home, but he feels a connection to Salida. “Heck, I’m related to lots of people there – folks who’ve lived in the area a few generations.”
Ashley brings Southern rock and old-school country to the stage.
A touring recording artist for many years, he now prefers to play closer to home, to be near his wife and children. “I have a 10-month-old and a 7-year-old. I don’t want to be away from them the way touring requires.”
When he’s belting out Southern rock tunes, expect to hear classics such as “Gimme Three Steps” or “Sweet Home Alabama.” He also amps it up with covers from AC/DC and Stevie Ray Vaughn. But you’ll also hear plenty of country sounds, including Ashley’s originals.
“I like more traditional country,” Ashley said. “The outlaw stuff appeals to me, guys like Waylon Jennings, for example. I think it’s a better sound than the stuff being played today.”
One original Ashley is sure to play is his latest, “My Honky-Tonk Is Now a Church,” a true tale about his old hangout in Rifle.
Ashley promises to crank it up and bring the party with a little twang and a lot of rock.