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Ashworth and Slocum.

Monday, September 26, 2005

After several cancelled flights and missed connections, Sam Ashworth and Matt Slocum showed up just in time to perform at Calvin’s Fish House coffee shop last week. You can hear the post-show conversation with Ashworth here. A review of the show can be found at Charlie Peacock, Ashworth got his introduction to the music industry in high school, when his song “I Won’t Stay Long” was recorded by Sixpence None the Richer. Almost ten years later, he has released his first solo record, Gonna Get It Wrong Before I Get It Right.

And speaking of Sixpence: Matt Slocum spearheaded the group, acting as its principal songwriter, as well as its guitarist and cellist, until the band’s demise last year. In the late 1990s, Sixpence epitomized the “crossover success” of Christian bands into the mainstream, landing a hit song on the radio and various soundtracks. (Sadly, “Kiss Me” was so all-consuming that the depth and breadth of the group’s musicianship was largely overlooked.)

Now, Ashworth and Slocum have joined forces to tour Gonna Get It Wrong‘s dreamy indie-rock melodies and intelligent, reflective lyrics. The two have previously worked together on another project, Nashville supergroup Astronaut Pushers, which releases an EP this year.