"His raspy vocals and brooding lyrics suggest Tom Waits and Waylon Jennings, while his guitar work evokes Chris Whitley or Taj Mahal. Don’t miss this unique performer."
"The lyrics are dark, really dark. Nick Drake and Vic Chesnutt dark."
Trick of the Trade
Words Get In The Way
Born In The Flood
"Ashley Raines is a keen observer of the age-old struggles between sin and everything. His deep and cutting voice is one that you could find yourself hearing when no one else is around. He might be your internal monologue." Paste Magazine
"Many music critics have compared him to the likes of Tom Waits and Nick Cave but he's having a completely different conversation. It might be more prudent to compare his songs to a (David) Lynch film." Daytrotter
“These are art songs made up of traditional elements, but transcends mainstream genres by coming together like a classic album by Leonard Cohen or early Tom Waits.” No Depression
"He has a great voice, somewhere west of Nick Cave and east of Leonard Cohen; a band whose approach to arranging the songs is richly varied and full of twists and turns which surprise and delight." RnR Magazine
"These songs make you feel as though Raines and his band is right next to you, sending you a message through song. The lyrics are honest, as are the instruments." Elmore Magazine
"Tapping into the dark root of American rural music…Raines specialises in songs of fateful retribution…His rich baritone fits the bluesy confessional bill." Uncut Magazine
"This stop-you-in-your tracks album is one of the most authentic blues albums of the last many years." Marquee Magazine
“His deep and quivering voice reminiscent of Tom Waits and folk guitars are reminiscent of Ben Harper.” Torréfacteur
“Raines summons the honest and unfiltered voice inside us all. His songs are so brutally blunt you won’t be sure if they are his songs or the voice coming from deep inside yourself.” Vocals on Top
"Ashley Raines’ voice sounds like corn fields and machinery…gravel and whiskey…It has a driving force to it and, comes from a place that is deeper than the water hole back in the woods." Ear to the Ground
"The lyrics here are dark..The writing is sharp, and Raines voice adds to each story and song." Country Perspective