The Secretariat Motor Hotel
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||I Guess I'm Going Away||Ashley Park||3:51||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Father Hill's American Farm||Ashley Park||2:45||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Old Wolves||Ashley Park||3:15||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Lonely Nights of Home||Ashley Park||3:11||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Ballad of Mad Cameron Howard||Ashley Park||3:36||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||You'll Be Lonesome Too||Ashley Park||2:37||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||A Letter to the Mounties||Ashley Park||2:19||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Change Things||Ashley Park||3:05||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Born Again||Ashley Park||3:17||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Rocco the Policeman (And His Dog)||Ashley Park||2:55||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Our Glory Days||Ashley Park||3:43||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Kingdom of the Universe||Ashley Park||3:18||£0.79||View In iTunes|
Ashley Park's third album, The Secretariat Motor Hotel, is a low-key shambling gem of a record. In the same ballpark as fellow country-rock explorers as Beachwood Sparks and Lowlights, Ashley Park blends strummed acoustic guitars, lightly brushed drums, and judiciously applied walls of organs, horns, and pedal steels with wispy vocals to come up with a modern-day update on Gram Parson's cosmic country sound. Terry Miles has written his strongest batch of songs to date. He wrote over 100 songs for the record and narrowed it down to the final 12, each of them written about occupants of the fictional Secretariat Motor Hotel. Catchy, heartfelt and frequently heartbroken, the songs stack up well against the songs of any band currently plowing the country-rock landscape. The back porch singalong "A Letter to the Mounties," hopeful and heart-on-its-sleeve "Change Things," and rollicking "Rocco the Policeman (And His Dog)" are the best of a glittering lot. The only complaint with the record is that Kelly Haigh's beautifully understated background vocals are too infrequently utilized. When she does show up, as on "The Lonely Lights of Home" or "Change Things," her presence adds another dimension to the sound and helps to balance Miles' sometimes tiringly nasal vocals. That's just a minor complaint; this record is going to knock out anyone lucky enough to hear it.
Years Active: '90s, '00s