Classic Rock legends Wishbone Ash coming to Lynnwood on April 9

Wishbone Ash 2014 photo
Wishbone Ash will be playing at One Eyed Jacks Roadhouse in Lynnwood on April 9.

Wishbone Ash, one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock, will be performing at One Eyed Jacks Roadhouse in Lynnwood on April 9 as part of the first leg of their Pilgrimage North America Tour.

Wishbone Ash will present classics spanning their 46-year career and showcase selections from their latest release, “Blue Horizon.” After logging more than 20,000 miles touring North America last year, the group will begin their 2015 spring tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, winding down the West Coast of the US and then heading across the South.

“The ‘Live Dates Tour’ went just great,” said bandleader and founding member Andy Powell. “To play Texas and California out West, and Mississippi in the Deep South, for example, was really nice. You realize just how popular guitar-based rock is in these places. We aim to repeat the experience and build on it this year.”

The title of the 2015 tour is a nod to Wishbone Ash’s beloved “Pilgrimage” album, but it’s also a fitting way to describe the journey of sharing their music with audiences in a live setting. “We are looking forward to reconnecting with fans from the past who are just catching on that we’ve been touring non-stop for 46 years, to see and hear how we’ve grown while carrying the torch,” Powell said. “And for our faithful fans who have walked with us consistently through the years, we have some special things in store to reach new heights in our relationship.”

In 2014, Wishbone Ash released “Blue Horizon” (Solid Rockhouse Records) to international acclaim. Praised for its stylistic variety and masterful performances, the album features guest artist, Ireland’s Pat McManus, on fiddle for two tracks. “Blue Horizon” also includes two songs written by Aynsley Powell (Andy Powell’s son) and one by former Wishbone Ash guitarist Roger Filgate.

According to Powell, the album’s diversity reflects the culmination of several factors. “The band basically lives together year-round, so we have a very strong level of communication that translates in our performances and recordings,” he said. “We’ve come to an era where the industry has to pigeonhole a band as Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Heritage Rock and so on. The truth is that we have always kept our options open and always relied on the musicianship of the players to lead the way. It’s fun to be stylistically diverse and this has, in its way, contributed to our longevity.”

Powell also plans to publish his autobiography this fall. “It’s quite an undertaking to put 45 years of being a touring musician in this one band into book form,” he said.

Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has to its credit 24 original studio recordings, 10 live albums and four live DVDs along with a DVD rockumentary (“This is Wishbone Ash”). The band is led by founding member Andy Powell on guitar and vocals, trading licks with Finland’s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, an 18-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, sets the pace with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers whose performance credits include Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson.

Tour dates and more information can be found at wishboneash.com.

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