After acquiring Travis Meredith (b), Brett Siples (d), and Michael Bowman (g), NATIVE SONS founding member Ashton Blake (v) has infused the group with new blood, passion, and energy. With a renewed focus and an eagerness to tour, the band is already out supporting their debut release titled ‘The Natives Are Restless’. Released on March 12, 2021, ‘The Natives Are Restless’ has quickly created a rock n roll frenzy for fans. So much so that their back to back record release parties sold out with subsequent shows mirroring the opening nights, and their road schedule is being added to daily with the buzz continuing to gain strength. With no signs of slowing down NATIVE SONS has already solidified themselves as a force in their own hometown of Louisville, KY.
Metal Temple gives the album 10/10/10/10, Jace Media says ” the album’s conciseness makes it one of those rare discs you can leave on ‘repeat’ and find something new to enjoy with each listen.”, Sleaze Roxx says “has bags of swagger and a real early Black Crowes tinge to it”. Radio continues to pick up the new single ‘The Key’ around the world with the song leaping in to the Top 10 on several radio station and peaking at #1 on 97 Underground in Baltimore, MD.
The project was originally recorded with different players, under a different band name but included Ashton Blake on vocals. The project was abruptly put on hold for significant reasons in 2018 and it was all but shelved. In December of 2019, Ashton contacted the label to see if they would reconsider releasing the album. After much discussion with label president Bill Chavis, and talks with the original players, it was decided that the album would be released but under the new band name ‘NATIVE SONS’.
Getting the album out is one thing but if a live situation presented itself, then that was a different issue all on its own. As time progressed the original members had other obligations and were committed to other projects so they opted out. Ashton persevered and kept moving forward until he found the right chemistry that could meet his expectations and a busy schedule.
“This is some of the best work my career thus far and I wanted it to come out. There is no misrepresentation of the facts here, this album was recorded with different players and we all did something great in my opinion. I have fought long and hard for this record to come out so I hope people dig what is on it. ‘The Natives Are Restless’ is a great launching pad and this version of the band does it very well. NATIVE SONS is the 4 of us now. Everything happens for a reason, we may not be sure what those reasons are when they happen but it is how life works.” – Ashton Blake
NATIVE SON’S in-your-face, 70’s vibe anthemic writing style is packed full of memorable melodies and choruses. ‘The Natives Are Restless’ is already timeless in that it combines various influences that could be defined as fresh and new yet it may not be as its all been done before. A great song is a great song and that is all that matters in the world of music and rock n roll. Striving for any success and reaching a mass audience with their music is what it’s all about for NATIVE SONS. With great songs and a support team behind them that goal isn’t too far off. With everything falling into place now it is just taking it to the people for all to hear.
Ashton Blake – Vocals
Travis Meredith – Bass
Brett Siples – Drums
Michael Bowman – Guitar
|Stats & Highlights
2021 – The Natives Are Restless (HighVolMusic)
2021 – The Key