Wishbone Ash is celebrating their 50th Anniversary and their 101st release. And the kick-off show for the Northeast leg of the tour is right here at Bull Run on September 9.
The Beatles, the Blues Boom and Psychedelia had made their impact on Classic Rock and the creative possibilities were infinite. Pioneering the use of twin lead guitars, Wishbone Ash jumped on board the burgeoning Progressive Rock scene in 1969. Taking full advantage of the fertile musical environment, they produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock, readily apparent on such hits as “Helpless," “Runaway," “Lorelei," “Persephone," “You Rescue Me," “Outward Bound," “Mother Of Pearl," “Rest In Peace” and “Bad Weather Blues." Power and melody have made the Ash a hard act to follow, while they are currently being discovered by new generations of loyal rock fans.
Their new CD, “Coat of Arms,” has just been released and is already garnering great reviews from critics who are calling it “a return to their classic sound.” Get a signed copy at the show.
The band includes founding member Andy Powell, who handles lead vocals and trades licks with Yorkshire's Mark Abrahams. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 20+-year veteran of the band, keeps the bottom rocking with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.
Their influence on bands like Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden are indisputable. Power and melody have made the Ash a hard act to follow, while they are currently being discovered by new generations of loyal rock fans. And 50 years later, they're still going strong with most of their vast catalog intact on CD, an award-winning website and a date sheet the envy of many other bands.