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Today We got a call from Bret.  He’s in…. so announcing…..

The 2006 Ashton Allen Touring line-up:

Ashton Allen – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Bret Hartley – Lead Guitar
Dave Kazyk – Bass Guitar
Micah Berry – Drums
Michael Grosvenor – Tour Manager

Bret Hartley, dubbed the guitarist for hire has made his mark on the national music scene. As the original guitar player of Country Music’s hottest band Sugarland, Bret is the co-writer of the hit song “Baby Girl” (No. 2 on Billboard Country Charts) & current single “Down In Mississippi” off the double platinum selling record “Twice The Speed Of Life. This Atlanta-based guitarist most recently has been seen on stage throughout the southeast with Clay Cook and singer/songwriter Brian Wiltsey.

Dave Kazyk joins Ashton Allen on tour filling in the bass guitar slot. He is a veteran of the Orlando FL music scene having made his mark in the successful pop/rock outfit Wellville. The song ‘Goodbye’ from Wellville’s last CD was featured in the first episode of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ on the WB network. Previous shows to feature Daves former band Wellville include Party of Five and Grosse Pointe as well as the Hollywood film “Purpose.”

Micah Berry, a multi-instrumentalist based in Charlottesville, VA, began his love of songwriting and performing at a young age. Micahs most recent projects include Cosmos Mariner (drummer/vocalist) and Royal Oak (guitarist/vocalist). He also spends much of his time as an independent recording engineer and performing as a solo singer/songwriter. Micah will be behind the drum kit in Ashton Allens band this fall.

Michael Grosvenor has been working in music for nearly 10 years.. having spent 4 years in marketing for Sony Music, he has worked for the likes of John Mayer, Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel Band), Five For Fighting, Pete Yorn, Train, Switchfoot, and more. Behind the scenes and being the ‘unknown part of the story’ has always been exciting for Michael. More recently he managed Florida rock band Big Sky, as well as doing marketing and promotions for The Verve Pipe and Brian Vander Ark. Michael began touring with Ashton in July of 2005 and will continue tour managing for this fall tour.

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