By Sam Benshoof | firstname.lastname@example.org
FARGO – FM’s Finest takes on a shade of blue tonight as rock and roll singer-songwriter Rob Ashe takes the stage at The House of Rock at The Hub.
FM’s Finest is a weekly concert series sponsored by The Forum and music promoter Jade Presents. This is the second-to-last entry in the series.
Tonight, Ashe will also be joined by Mark Reitan, a singer and mandolin player, and Nate Pitcher, a singer and guitarist, who he plays with in a band called Boots. He’ll also be accompanied by members of a band called The Vistas for an electric blues rock set.
In general, Ashe describes himself as a blues musician and guitarist, though he admits that blues as a genre has a pretty wide definition.
His particular musical sound, he says, has its origin with artists such as blues pioneers Robert Johnson and Doc Watson.
“I think the style of music that I play is firmly rooted in the tradition of Delta blues and 60’s and 70’s blues rock,” Ashe says.
Ashe calls himself an intense performer, and someone who goes “all-in” at his shows.
“If someone takes the time to turn an ear to what I’m doing or come out to see me play in a bar somewhere, I owe it to them to go as hard as I can every time,” he says.
Ashe has been playing in bands for more than 10 years now, “which is actually a scary thing to think about,” he says.
In those 10 years, he says one of his most memorable sets was opening for blues veteran Buddy Guy at the 2012 Winter Fest in Fargo.
“That was the biggest show that I have played as a solo musician, and it was incredible getting a chance to open up for one of the most legendary blues performers that has ever walked the earth,” Ashe says.
After he finished playing that day, but before Guy took the stage, the blues legend signed Ashe’s guitar, “which is about as much as you can ask for as a blues musician,” Ashe says.
If you go
- What: FM’s Finest Week 10: Rob Ashe featuring members of Boots and The Vistas
- When: 9 tonight
- Where: House of Rock at The Hub, 2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo
- Info: Admission is $5; 21-and-up show
Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535