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Empty Rooms

by Grace Askew

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"If Tom Waits had a singer/writer daughter in Memphis, it would be Askew with her gallery of lost souls on the graveyard shift. Gutsy, bluesy, and a bit boozy, she quietly sings with jagged languor and a skewed spirituality. Discreet percussion, guitar and, on occasion, wistful lap steel notes sagely frame her rough-hewn sophistication."

- Bruce Sylvester, Sing Out! Magazine. May 2011.

"She’s drawn toward the dark and quirky aspects of human nature, and giving hallucinogenic drugs to a canine undoubtedly qualifies as both. If there’s a point of reference to her songs, it’s at some hypothetical crossroads where the music of Tom Waits might make babies with that of Lucinda Williams, giving birth to children with an eye for the skewed stories of off-the-beaten-path places and people of the South. "

- Steve Wildsmith, The Daily News (Mar 16, 2011)

"Sultry, atmospheric singer-songwriter Grace Askew is a striking presence on the local scene as something of a bluesier answer to Cat Power, and a female version of Tom Waits, whom she counts as key influences."

- Elizabeth Cawein, Memphis Music Foundation

A sixth-generation Memphian, Grace Askew has called the Delta her home for her entire life, drawing much of her inspiration and style from the rural, muddy roots of her hometown. Starting guitar at age 13, Grace's passion for writing quickly melded with the instrument and ever since she has been writing her own material and performing live in coffee shops, dive bars, restaurants, performance halls, etc.

In the past 4 years, the road has been a mainstay for Askew as she continuously pushes herself to travel the country, sharing her music with all walks of life via self-booked and self-promoted tours. The people, places, and experiences have thusly shaped her songwriting to the stories of what she has seen and simply what she knows.

So far, her talents have afforded her the opportunity to open and tour with some of her musical heroes, such as Marty Stuart, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, Band of Heathens, and Jesse Winchester.

You can catch her up-coming shows here:


Wasted Lipstick EP (2008):
Ardent Studios w/producer Pete Matthews

Hawthorne EP (2009):
Ardent Studios w/ producer Pete Matthews

Until They Lay Me Down to Rest (2010):
Recorded in Midtown Memphis at Richard Ford's "Good Garden Studios" and the other half at Tweed Studios (Oxford, MS) w/ Andrew Ratcliffe. Self-Produced.

Grace Askew & The Black Market Goods (2011):
Recorded at Tweed Studios w/ Andrew Ratcliffe engineering. Also Self-produced. Went to #2 on the XM Bluesville Radio Charts and was deemed "Best Debut Blues Album of 2011" by



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Tumbleweed on 285

Welcome to the Bluntry
Imagine yourself in a rusted out bucket of scrap metal poor excuse of something that might have at one time been called a down-on-his-luck dirt-farmer's pickup truck rambling down a dusty forsaken stretch of gravel road somewhere between "where in the heck am I?" and "I guess I shouldn't have taken that turn". You've spent eternity twisting the radio knob back and forth desperately searching for something to give you a reason not to drive into what would be the next telephone pole (if there were telephone poles on this "road"); when somewhere between the dead silence and the sssssccccchhhh of white noise you finally catch a signal. And, lucky for you, it’s Grace Askew.
The song will probably start with the simple back porch strumming of an acoustic guitar or perhaps some molasses-slow slides on a dobro, just different enough from what you've heard before to give you one of those "things that make you go hmmmm" moments.
Then comes the voice. It definitely isn't a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, cotton-candy-at-the-county-fair-eating, “someday I'll have my own fashion line and perfume named after me” voice. No sir. This is a been down some dusty gravel roads myself, spent too much time in dingy bars, “I’ll change that flat tire and fix the well-pump myself and still show you a night you’ll never forget” voice.
This voice hauntingly fills the cab your truck with lyrics that ring true as a mission bell, and you realize the hairs on the back of your neck are standing on end. Chances are you’ll awaken the next morning with that soulful, bluesy, “give me another shot of bourbon” voice in the back of your mind. It’s gonna stay there.
Welcome to the bluntry my friend. You've become one of Grace Askew's tumbleweeds.

Ron Wiles of Ron Wiles Music Show

Catch a rising star 101
I've had the pleasure of hearing Grace sing live in concert. Make no mistake, This Voice (pun intended) that you are hearing is very REAL... it is not some over produced, over processed gimmick aimed at the music charts and nothing else, it has its place on the planet - File under Good True Americana! To watch Grace perform is very moving as she emotes the words to her songs with true sentiment and feelings from a place we've all been at some point in our lives. Never desperate - always REAL. We are indeed watching the rise of a star happening before our very eyes! Yes, get the CD - but when you get a chance - See her perform live, it will move you!

To borrow a phrase - Two thumbs, way up!

~ Ron Wiles


Amazing Grace
So happy to have found this talented songstress. Smart. Witty. Sassy...and what a voice.! Great tunes. Great lyrics. A breath of fresh air in a stale music industry.