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Greenville, South Carolina native Ashlyn Marie is showcasing her credentials as a former Clemson University Performing Arts major. The songstress is making her debut in the world of country music with her first solo single “Blind Horse Blues.”

“Blind Horse Blues” fuses a conglomerate of sonic stylistics under a contemporary country umbrella. The instrumentation is supremely lively composed of jubilant claps and Marie’s glossy vocals. The country composition is inspired by honky tonk bar The Blind Horse Saloon on Lowndes Hill Road in her hometown. The drinks-only saloon hosts live country music Wednesday through Saturday nights and is the Clemson University alumni’s stomping ground.

The singer-songwriter says, “This bar has seen a lot of big names in country music and is the old stomping grounds of my mom and aunt when they were younger. I started writing this song in January of 2021 after a wild weekend with my friends at the Blind Horse. The hook ‘Friday, Saturday, Sunday Blind Horse Blues’ came to me first, and the first verse came pretty easily after that.”

"Blind Horse Blues" by Ashlyn Marie

Furthermore, Marie notes that her original idea contained the song in a major key and drew heavy inspiration from Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License.” The songsmith wasn’t even going through a breakup at the time of the writing. Co-written with Hope Douds who holds the credit for the song’s minor undertones, Marie presented “Blind Horse Blues” to Brandon Manley in the studio who brought the song to life.

Artists often elicit writing material from people and places that shape their nights and Greenville, South Carolina will introduce a lot of itself through Marie’s lyricism.

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