ARTS Pick: Ashley McMillen

Ashley McMillen and her band bring true to the roots country music to the Pavilion stage for Fridays After Five. Photo by Tahni Candelaria-Holm.

When she’s not talking about country music on her own local radio show, Ashley McMillen is whipping up tunes that get boots clickin’ and brass buckles swayin’. Born in the hills of West Virginia, the Southern songbird embraces classic country using traditional instruments and heartfelt lyrics to capture the essence of the genre. McMillen carved her sound through gospel, Disney musicals, and watching her grandpa play pedal steel in his band at the local community center.

Friday 7/4. 5pm, Free. nTelos Wireless Pavilion, 700 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 245-4920.

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