About Gwyn Ashton
Forging its own unique, unparalleled style: an explosive mixture of alternative blues, turbo-charged 50s-70s garage rock, 60s psychedelia and swamp delta blues, Gwyn Ashton’s Two-Man Blues Army goes into battle head-on, with a cutting-edge sound unlike anything out there today. The combo features award-winning Aussie guitarist Gwyn Ashton and Brit powerhouse drummer 'Killer' Kev Hickman.
With an ambitious contemporary approach to the blues, plus experimental, riff-laden, edgy, high-octane songs they crash their way into the alt. music scene and blast down the boundaries between the blues and indie rock. Drawing inspiration from the great rock and blues acts from the past, the duo has firmly established its own distinctive identity, bringing the blues into the 21st century.
Ashton leads the band with his soul-infused swampy songs, searing vocals and trademark fiery axemanship. He's in his element with a wealth of vintage guitars, amps and analog effects that get wheeled into the gigs - the only way to achieve the 'real' sound. Fellow blues soldier Hickman is a young impassioned, maniacal drummer who provides the perfect counterpoint to Ashton's guitar wizardry. Together they serve up a demonic brand of blues, carving a notch in a world full of predictable, homogenized music.
Ashton is no stranger to the world stage as he has spent more than 15 years touring the globe, opening for artists as diverse as BB King, Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Vanilla Fudge, Wishbone Ash, Van Morrison, Jeff Healey, Tony Joe White, Johnny Winter, Mick Taylor, Ray Charles, Pat Travers and John Hammond. He has also been invited onstage with Mick Fleetwood, Hubert Sumlin, Marc Ford, Jon Paris, Canned Heat, Robbie Blunt and Mark Stanway.
Ashton has been praised by such luminaries as Robert Plant, Johnny Winter and Eric Johnson and regulary conducts blues guitar workshops in schools.
In acoustic mode, Ashton's one-man-band show is a blend of alternative swamp blues and boogie, all played on his resonator, lap-slide, 6 & 12 string guitars, harmonica and a homemade foot stomp board.
Gwyn Ashton - guitar/vocals/harmonica
Kev Hickman - drums