Sunday, 2 September 2012

Ashton Lane cover Taylor Swift (Kitchen Sessions)

Ashton Lane cover Taylor Swift (Kitchen Sessions)

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Ashton Lane are a Scottish family group who are named after a cute cobbled street in the West End of Glasgow where funky retro charity shops, cinema and bars can be found.
They consist of: Esther O’Connor (lead vocals), Tim O’Connor (guitar, backing vocals) and James Duffin (lead guitar, backing vocals).
Esther is the lead singer of her 3-piece band that includes her husband Tim and brother James. They write all their own songs, and sometimes even co-write with Dad who is Graeme Duffin from the legendary 80’s/90’s band WET WET WET.
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During 2012 as a way of introducing themselves to a wider audience  they have been recording what are called “Kitchen Sessions” (Fun time in their own kitchen) sharing covers of artists that have influenced their own music, these include: Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, The Civil Wars and Taylor Swift.

In her recent web chat Taylor says she loves to bake - “It’s a very serious thing” she said and loves the soothing qualities measuring out ingredients and getting everything cookin’. Taylor plans to go into “baking overdrive” for The Fall season!
It therefore seems appropriate for Country Routes News Blog to take a look at Ashton Lane’s Kitchen covers of Taylor’s songs!

1)  We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (Taylor Swift)
        >>   Aston Lane YouTube

Ashton Lane
Cover "Never" Aug 2012

Redhead Esther (photo) tackles Taylor’s brand new single from her forthcoming album RED coming out October 22nd!

About the song:  Taylor premiered this kiss-off country-punk song on her August 13th YouTube Webchat and it was released to iTunes that same night.  
Swift's "Never” débuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and broke a record formerly held by Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" for the largest first-week digital sales for a song by female artist.
Taylor's song sold 623,000 in its first week (6 days of sales); compared to 448K sold in 3 days, before the chart was compiled for "Born This Way".  Sales of Gaga's song actually increased in Week 2 (jumping by 14%), while sales of Swift's song dropped by 51%. In the first two weeks combined, "Born This Way" sold 957K, compared to 930K for Swift's hit.
Taylor will have a Platinum single in only three weeks, a feat which might be something of a country digital record!
Written by Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback and produced with Dann Huff it was released by Big Machine as the lead single from Tay’s fourth studio album.
A physical CD single is set to be released in September 2012.
Related Links:
Taylor Swift - “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” - Single Review

2) “Eyes Open (Taylor Swift)  >>  Aston Lane Cover YouTube

About the song: Written by Taylor Swift and co-produced with Nathan Chapman the song was on the soundtrack album The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond, but was not included in the film. It was released by Big Machine, Republic to mainstream radio on March 27, 2012 as the lead promotional single from the album.

Taylor Swift Screenshot

It peaked at #19 on US Billboard Hot 100 with debut sales of 176,000. On the Billboard Digital Country Chart (Aug 29, 2012) it currently holds a # 30 position with sales to date of 1,082,000 copies for this Platinum single!

The song was one of two songs that the 22-year old country superstar wrote and recorded for the soundtrack.

3) “Safe and Sound (Taylor Swift)   >>   Aston Lane Cover YouTube

About the song: Written by Taylor Swift, Joy Williams, John Paul White with renowned producer T-Bone Burnett (Oh Brother Where Art Thou) it was first released on December 23, 2011 as a Country, folk rock promo single. This truly wonderful number features folk Inde duo The Civil Wars, and appeared as Track 4 on The Hunger Games soundtrack. 
Ashton Lane
Kitchen Sessions

The song sold 136,000 copies in two days and debuted at number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. This, again platinum single, currently sit at #22 on the Billboard Country Digital Single chart (29 Aug 2012) having sold 1,308,000 copies to date.
Taylor utilised Twitter to premier the song ahead of the official launch date tweeting: "Something I've been VERY excited about for a VERY long time is going to be happening VERY soon (and I'm not referring to Christmas)," later adding: "And this is it, the big surprise... Go get it”

4) "Ours" (Taylor Swift)  >>   Aston Lane Cover YouTube
About the song: Written by Taylor Swift and co-produced with Nathan Chapman it was first released as iTunes and digital single on November 8, 2011. It was released as the sixth and final single from the deluxe edition the 2010 album SPEAK NOW.
Taylor Swift
single artwork

It impacted on country radio on December 5, 2011 with the song peaking at number one on the Billboard Country Songs Chart and number thirteen on the Hot 100 and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In late August 2012 the single had sold 1,212,218 copies and is one of 15, soon to be 16, solo million-sellers for Miss Swift.

5 ) “Lego House” (Ed Sheeran)  >>  Aston Lane Cover YouTube

Ed recently wrote and recorded songs with Taylor Swift for her upcoming fourth album, "Red." He was tight-lipped about the collaboration, but said the experience was a "breath of fresh air" because of Swift's colossal success.
"As a person, Taylor's such a sweetheart," he said in a recent interview. "(She's) the perfect example of what musicians should be and how they should work and react. She just loves music and she's not in it for anything else."

 Here Ashton Lane, with Esther joining the "gingers alliance", takes a shine to Ed's “Lego House” which was his first song to make the BBC Radio 2 playlist.
Ed co-wrote it with Jake Gosling, Chris Leonard and it was released as the third single lifted from the debut studio album “+” (4× Platinum certification in UK) on 11 November 2011.
 The song has peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart.
So impressed with Ed’s song when she saw the video whilst on tour in Australia, Taylor tracked down the British writer and gave him a call!

Ashton Lane are no one trick country ponies, as well as the ability to cover songs they have their own music.
Inspired by the new country sounds on the radio in Nashville they found their “musically home”.
Ashton Lane
artwork Amazon

Their Music City experience paved the way to the melodic writing on the highly recommended album MAGIC IN THE AIR digitally released to outlets in April 2012.

All tracks that made the album cuts were written and recorded in Glasgow at Foundry Music Lab.

Available from
-  UK iTunes - US iTunes  

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Thanks to Ashton Lane for cookin’ up some great Kitchen Sessions and adding your own ingredients to the Taylor mix - I hope it’s a recipe for swift success!  Lovely


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