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By Hugh Twyman
Pittsburgh Current Contributing Writer

I’ve never given up on where I wanted to be (in the music industry), however, when life pulls you in so many different directions, it sometimes takes you off-guard, and it becomes very easy to lose sight.”

Ashley Puckett is a Country Music artist from Pittsburgh who releases her debut full-length entitled Never Say Never via MTS  Records on February 14th. Ashley began learning guitar and songwriting at the age of 16 and immediately began performing at vocal competitions and community events, and eventually, landing at open-mic nights and shows in bars and clubs. Her musical influences (among them Lee Ann Womack, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert) are heard on the thirteen tracks written for the album. I want to thank Ashley for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.


The first album you ever bought?

Probably the Dixie Chicks.


Your last album bought?

Joe Nichols or Josh Groban.


Favorite album of all time?

It’s tough to pick one but on the spot – Man With A Memory from Joe 

Nichols and Twice the Speed of Life from Sugarland.


Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Not sure I have one…


First concert attended?

A-Teens and Baha Men.


Last concert?

Jamey Johnson.


Favorite concert ever?

Leann Rimes or Miranda Lambert.


Least favorite concert?

Can’t say I’ve had a least favorite


Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

Pittsburgh is full of entertainment, there’s countless amounts of great 

memories made in Pittsburgh for me. There’s a lot of nightlife, 

beautiful landmarks, scenery, restaurants, always something to do. Many 

Pittsburgh Steelers games I’ve enjoyed, too!


Hugh’s Take: Thanks, Ashley. I never tire of hearing new musical talent from Pittsburgh. As I am admittedly not a country music connoisseur, I do know what I like and your album is amazingly good, especially for a first timer out of the gate.


Hugh Twyman (AKA HughShows) has been documenting the Pittsburgh music scene since 2004. His website ( features a comprehensive Pittsburgh Concert Calendar, episodes of HughShowsTV, a newly launched public Pittsburgh music database, exclusive audio streams from local bands, thousands of his concert photos and his trademark First/Last interview series.


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