Amazing fans with unparalleled energy and a honky-tonk sound, Jared Ashley began his career by packing Nashville’s World Famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge for more than three years with the Dirty South Band. A long list of well-known recording artists have frequently jammed with Ashley on stage, including Merle Haggard, ZZ Top, Blues Traveler, Toby Keith, Joe Nichols and Tracy Lawrence.
Born in Hobbs, New Mexico on May 16, 1976, Jared relocated at age three to Newnan, Georgia, where he spent most of his childhood. At barely five years old, Jared received his first guitar for Christmas. The gift, which sported a picture of Mickey Mouse, became his favorite toy. When Jared was in the 10th grade, his family returned to Hobbs and Jared found himself spending more and more time playing guitar and writing music.
After graduating high school, Jared joined the US Navy, where he served for four years in Yokosuka, Japan. Following his dream to play music, the charismatic sailor played weekend gigs at George’s Country Bar in Tokyo, fronting the house band. While in the Navy, Jared also played two Persian Gulf DOD tours for over 20,000 military personnel and toured in more than 10 countries around the world.
After completing his Navy career, Jared made the big move to Music City. Once in Nashville, Jared picked up the house gig at the World Famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Jared and the Dirty South Band have been called the top band on the SEC college circuit, playing at universities all over the South. Jared also caught the eye of a Hollywood casting director who flew him to Los Angeles, where producers of the popular ABC network series “The Bachelor” considered Jared as a finalist for its Fall 2005 season.
Jared continues to win critical praise for his brand of high-energy country rock, and his fan base continues to grow. As a finalist in the fourth season of USA Network’s Nashville Star, Jared is looking forward to bringing his music to millions of country music fans and having the opportunity to showcase his ability to entertain.
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