One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro

One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton plays Solo Elektro


Think of one-man band. Kick away the stereotype vision. Replace with Solo Elektro, Gwyn Ashton replete with attitude, fuzz, distortion and psychedelic attack. The electric guitar twists up the foundation of the blues with rock and his special application of slide and raw energy that explodes out of the speakers to the left and right of you.

The eleven tracks taking you on a journey as we step aboard with a Metaphysical Journey that opens and closes the album. The song has hooks that capture the power of the Beatles, infused into Gwyn’s eclectic and very personal approach to the music he plays. The energy is raw and edged with a hint of danger and if we continue on the path it will be too late to turn around.  The guitar work is complex, full of licks, sonic distortions and the power of effects as the award-winning Australian squeezes every ounce of blues and rock juice out of the instrument. He begs the six strings to deliver just that little bit more.

There is nothing subtle about Gwyn’s approach it has a raucous appeal as metal grinds with an originality turning the blues almost black. The energy is ground out of the riffs, licks and rhythmic beats until nothing is left hanging in the air.  Recorded not in a traditional studio, nor capturing a live show; the inspiration came to Gwyn amidst a tour, so setting up a mobile studio, scattering the microphones around the room. The outcome is not orderly but a chaotic den of creativity captured in a Czech Republic hotel room.  The raw tapes were mixed by Mick Wordley at Mixmasters Studio in South Australia. He shaped the album so it is modern and at times brutal in its honesty. This is solo musicianship redefined. One-man band has gone electric-powered playing rock-blues with the sharp edge of metal. Grunge colliding with the back porch slide guitar as Dawn of Tomorrow demonstrates. The vocals are never lost the individual shades of the instruments are never blurred as the crisp in your face music is laid before you.

With a huge kick drum beat, sonic distortion and turbo charged vocals Shine Lover Shine has kerb appeal as does the whole album that never slows or loses energy.  Ballads and simple melodic riffs have also stepped aboard Gwyn Ashton’s latest album Solo Elektro. Closing out with a reprise of the opening track we have completed the journey through Gwyn’s inventive mind sweep of one man band music aboard an interesting psychedelic magic carpet ride.

The journey is full of complexities, sonics that challenges your ear deftly combined with Gwyn Ashton’s sharp musical wit and timing. One thing for sure this Marmite album from a one man band has a broad range of in your face rocking blues with complex sonic sounds that never makes the mistake of falling into the pit of self-indulgence.


Gwyn Ashton – Solo Elektro – FabTone Records

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Metaphysical Journey
  2. Freedom
  3. She Won’t Tell Me
  4. Dawn of Tomorrow
  5. In Your Blood
  6. Please Allow Me
  7. Late Night
  8. I Guess That’s What They Call Love
  9. Kind To Be Cruel
  10. Shine Lover Shine
  11. Metaphysical Journey (reprise)


One Man Band re-invented Gwyn Ashton Solo Elektro

Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands Acoustic Eastern Promise

Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands Acoustic Eastern Promise

Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands Acoustic Eastern Promise


When Ashton and Finnen Join Forces Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands Happen, resulting in blues from the front porch combined with worldly influences. Australians, Gwyn Ashton , Chris Finnen, and Peter Beulke good friends and fine musicians have after thirty years teamed up and created an album that has hooked in roots influences from world music and knotted them firmly in with intricate musical stitches into the fabric of traditional country blues. Ragas, Jugs & Mojo Hands has a door step feeling less studio contrived with a spontaneous flow as the music combines and flows with the interaction between Gwyn & Chris as they chat between numbers.

Opening with blues with the distinctive twang of Gwyn Ashton vocals, we have a hit of Mojo with I can Feel That Mojo Working On Me. This is music that has that extra depth of tonal ranges as the hints of India are introduced. With a percussive swirl, we have left behind the totem of the Mojo as Moravian Rhapsody takes us into the Indian world of Ragas. The double bass of Peter Beulke adds a boom that conjures a dream-like world of hidden depths that this added dimension brings to acoustic blues. We further explore the East from Eastern European countries with Duchov a town in the Czech Republic. This instrumental has a feeling of being on a wander through highways and byways, a gypsy swirl would have given this track an added layer of excitement weaving in another dimension of roots music. Back on The Lonesome Road again and Blues takes the reins with the mix of resonator as Chris takes the vocals and we feel the isolation, desolation of a dusty road. The title has been used in blues since the early days and many variations, here meeting your maker at the end remains, with lyrics updated combined with mournful crying guitar from Gwyn. Lonesome Road is a powerful evergreen blues number as we meet our inevitable road, death.

The tempo is blues from a country porch, acoustic without frills. The instruments shaped for percussive power or gentle melodies. With Keep Your Oven Warm gravy and pastry are explored using double entendre keeping the tradition of ole’ time blues alive. As the compelling glistening of the album draws to a close the beat increases and we Zing It Up And Down as they bring a boogie to the town. Closing with Migration an instrumental reflecting how the human race continually migrates and absorbs each other’s cultures. The tonal qualities of India leave us connected with the roots of music. As Blues pulls us to the percussion of the Middle East and Africa combined with this music of hot sun and dance. The instrumentation and lyrics curl and sway in perfect harmony as we join the musical forces of Ragas, Jugs & Mojo Hands.

Gwyn Ashton, Chris  Finnen and Peter Beulke – Ragas Jugs & Mojo Hands

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. I Can Feel That Mojo Working On Me
  2. Moravian Rhapsody
  3. Raisin’ Sand
  4. Duchov
  5. Lonesome Road
  6. Givin’ Up The Church
  7. Silence
  8. Keep Your Oven Warm
  9. Who’s That Knockin’
  10. Zing It Up and Down
  11. Migration


Gwyn Ashton: CD Review – Radiogram


Gwyn Ashton the sizzling blues-guitar man has done it again with his sixth album ‘Radiogram’ is another awesome CD that makes you want to listen to it time and time again, the album works whether listening in track order or random and the tracks stand out in a crowd when merged in a random play with the other music you have upload/downloaded etc. Radiogram makes you really sit-up and listen from the off, when instead of a clean digital sound you hear that sound from the past, bringing back a wealth of memories of joyous anticipation that crackle as the needle hit the grooves in the vinyl and sound emerges! This is stylish blues that drives a rock n’ roll sound that is modern fresh and looking forward not harking back to another year through rose-tinted spectacles; again Kev Hickman is on the drums providing the perfect foil for Gwyns luscious voice and vibrant guitar sound along with plethora of high-profile guests including Don Airey (Deep Puple, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Robbie Blunt(Fabulous Thunderbirds), Johnny Mastro (LA’s Mama’s Boys), Mark Stanway (Magnum, Phil Lynott), and Mo Birch (UB40, Go West, Culture Club). The production is quality but it is the music that counts not who is guesting and this delivers above the collection of great players from the rock world, as demonstrated on the opening track ‘Little Girl’ with its glorious display of slide guitar. This is followed with track after track of surprises and delights, every track has its own strengths and little quirky bits right through to the last ‘Bluz For Roy’; what a stunning finale with its blues guitar work of the highest standard what a fantastic way to end this album, show blues is a modern sound that is for pleasure for me that will win Gwyn fans far and wide. ‘Dog Eat Dog’, starts of with a powerful beat from Kev on drums followed by clean guitar work that has a zing to it when joined by the vocal sit all becomes a little bit dirty a powerful combination of sound; which along with ‘Angel’ are the two most standard rock blues tracks on the album, without being boring they both have the sound that makes this album stand out from the crowd. ‘Fortunate Kind’, hints of a country sound which really suit the lyrics and the longing in his voice, but this is no country ballad is has been given that distinctive and instantly recognisable Gwyn Ashton sound, which is layers and layers of tones, complex guitar work, funky and strong rhythm to combine with a live sound that makes you want to crank up the volume and enjoy living.
‘Radiogram’, is a fascinating mix of raw and delicate, intricate and simple, rock and blues, that reminds you why you love rock/blues music, this is no power-driven guitarist Gwyn knows he can play and uses this to provide subtlety when required and complexity of chords on a another track creating a whole wall of sound that keeps you engaged and above all entertained from beginning to end.
This album should launch Gwyn’s reputation and name far and wide across genre’s so that everyone who loves amazing guitar playing combined with strong lyrics and voice should be buying his music and going to so him live as his live-sound is as good as his recording, there is no excuse he is touring up and down the country get out and see quality live music that has a truly authentic sound and pick up a CD at the gig rather from the usual vendors of music..
Radiogram Track listing:
1. Little Girl
2. Don’t Wanna Fall
3. Let Me In
4. Fortunate Kind
5. I Just wanna Make
6. Dog Eat Dog
7. Angel
8. For Your Love
9. Comin’ Home
10. Bluz For Roy

Bluesdoodles gives this CD a doodle rating of

In the meantime listen to this – ‘Little Girl’