Ashley Brooke Toussant, With Regards to You, (self-released)
KENT-BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER Ashley Brooke Toussant acted and sang in plays such as Guys and Dolls and Bye Bye Birdie before she embraced folkies such as Joni Mitchell and Carole King. You can hear their influence on this fine new five-song EP. “Days and Days,” a song she wrote shortly after getting married, is a love tune that shows off her beautifully brittle voice. “Jane” features a nice bit of slide guitar and soft, twangy vocals, and “Balloon” is a quiet ballad that recalls country singer Nanci Griffith, and comes off as a pretty lullaby. The EP certainly doesn’t rock but its solid songwriting suggests that Toussant is a natural; it distinguishes her from other alt-country crooners who aren’t as good at turning a phrase.
Ashley Brooke Toussant performs with Lowly, the Tree Ghost and Emma Shepard at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Beachland Tavern.