1992 – present (29 years)
The Ashley Stove was a four-piece rock band nurtured in the fertile musical climate of Raleigh, NC. Their forte was craftily skewered rock music with catchy hooks galore. The band got its start in 1992, the byproduct of many band-fantasy discussions between boyhood friends Matt Brown and Ben Barwick (guitars/vocals). The lineup remained in flux for a little while, as new collaborators came and went. Billy Alphin joined up to play drums in 1992, after playing with several different bands including the art freaks of Buttsteak. Jennifer Barwick joined as bassist in 1993 after the break up of her previous band, the seminal NC quartet Erectus Monotone (Jennifer and Ben got married in 1999). Matt decided to go his own way in May of 2000, after many years of dedicated service and excellence. The final line up card was filled out in late 2000 with the addition of guitarist Jim Brantley, who brings a depth of natural talent that adds a new dimension, as well as a fresh perspective, to the Ashley Stove.
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