Country singer Ashley Wineland has three national tours under her belt, but nothing compares to playing her hometown of Glendale.
The Deer Valley High School graduate will perform her latest single, “Drive Me to Drink,” and other original songs during a 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, gig at Live! @ Murphy Park.
“It’s exciting,” Wineland said. “I’ve always loved going to Downtown Glendale to enjoy all the activities and festivities they have out there. To go down to Murphy Park and play my own show is something really special. Growing up, I would watch other people perform on that stage, and now it’s my turn.”
The 23-year-old, who will soon release the album “I’m Gonna Ride,” grew up around country music. When she came home from grade school, her grandfather pulled her on his lap and sang country songs to her.
“I have a special fondness for country music,” Wineland said.
“I love to focus on stories of all different kinds. It’s the story of life. There’s a story for everybody in a country song. That’s what drew me into the genre as an artist. It lends very well to my preferred artistic style and the sounds I enjoy playing around with.”
Wineland has been a professional musician for eight years. She chalked up her experiences in school bands, choir, talent shows and classes to her success.
“I really got to test the waters and try out different things,” she said. “It brought me so much joy and happiness. I knew this was something I really wanted to pursue long term.”
She chose the correct career path. She has a dedicated following of more than 750,000 across her social media platforms and a consistent reach on Facebook that frequently surpasses the 1 million mark.
Wineland is looking forward to playing for some of those fans in Glendale and Phoenix. On Saturday, Nov. 6, she’ll hit the Ak-Chin Pavilion stage in Phoenix with Big & Rich, Aaron Lewis and Eddie Montgomery for “A Salute to American Veterans.”
“I grew up watching so many of those artists,” she said. “It’s so exciting to play with them. It’s a bucket list thing for me. It was exciting to have these sorts of shows on the books, too.”
At both shows, Wineland will perform unreleased tracks as well as “Drive Me to Drink,” which was co-written by Bryan Kuban of Mesa.
“I really wanted it to be a saloon Western, one of those spaghetti Western type of feel to it. It’s a song where if you walked into a saloon, it would be something you would hear.
“I’m just excited to play Glendale. It’s in my backyard, so to speak. It’ll be nice to see my friends and family and a bunch of people who I’ve never met before. Please, come out and support live music. That’s the moral and the goal.”
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2
WHERE: Murphy Park, at 58th
and Glendale avenues, Glendale
Big & Rich, Aaron Lewis, Eddie Montgomery and Ashley Wineland
as part of “A Salute
to American Veterans”
WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6
WHERE: Ak-Chin Pavilion,
2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix
“Open Your Hearts Gala” with Ashley Wineland
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30
WHERE: Hunkapi Farms,
12051 N. 96th Street, Scottsdale
COST: Tickets start at $250