“I got into ES-style guitars because of that scene in Back to the Future!”: How Chris Stapleton, the humble capo and Marty McFly shaped Ashley Sherlock’s breakthrough debut album

Ashley Sherlock
(Image credit: Charlotte Wellings)

This is a big year for Manchester-based Ashley Sherlock and his band, with the release of this summer’s debut album, Just A Name, and his popularity soaring. With hooks, tight writing and a solid trio band, things look set for Sherlock. 

“It’s great to finally get around to doing the album,” he says. “When you’re a kid, it’s the thing you think about and you always wonder if anyone would actually buy it. We had some success with some EPs, but with an album on a label, you’re competing with bigger people. And now it’s like, ‘Shit! It’s all getting real.’” 

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Glenn Kimpton

Glenn Kimpton is a freelance writer based in the west of England. His interest in English folk music came through players like Chris Wood and Martin Carthy, who also steered him towards alternate guitar tunings. From there, the solo acoustic instrumental genre, sometimes called American Primitive, became more important, with guitarists like Jack Rose, Glenn Jones and Robbie Basho eventually giving way to more contemporary players like William Tyler and Nick Jonah Davis. Most recently, Glenn has focused on a more improvised and experimental side to solo acoustic playing, both through his writing and his own music, with players like Bill Orcutt and Tashi Dorji being particularly significant.