Ashley Naylor

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Ashley Naylor
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April, 2013
Background information
Birth name Ashley John Naylor
Born 1970 (age 46–47)
Genres Rock, Indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels Rubber Records
El Reno Music
White Label
Festival Mushroom
Off the Hip
Interstate 40 Music
Elephant Stone
Associated acts The Swarm
The Grapes
Pray TV
Paul Kelly's touring band
Mr Floppy

Ashley Naylor is an Australian musician, best known for his guitar and vocals in Melbourne-based band Even.[1]

In 1987 at the age seventeen, Naylor fronted an indie rock band called The Swarm, whose bassist Tim Aylward was best known as guitarist for Mr Floppy between 1989 and 1994. He occasionally played guitar with Melbourne band Pray TV on studio recordings and also live. In 1994 he formed Even with Matthew Cotter, whom he had played with in Swarm, and bass player Wally Kempton of The Meanies.[1][2] In 1995, Naylor was playing with both Even and Fragment,[1] who later changed their name to Rail,[1] a group fronted by Naylor's songwriting friend Danny Vertessy, turning his main focus to Even by 1998.[1]

In 1999 Naylor created another side band, The Grapes, with singer Sherry Rich.[1][2] In 1999 he contributed guitar to Stephen Cummings' Spiritual Burn album.[2] He also played with the Countdown Spectacular's house band. In 2006, together with Cameron Bruce, he joined Paul Kelly's touring band, replacing Dan Luscombe, who left to join The Drones.[3] Naylor released his debut solo album, Four Track Mind, in 2004 on El Reno Records, later released in September 2006 in the USA on Elephant Stone Records.[4] He also plays guitar in a band with Spiderbait drummer-vocalist Kram, in The Ronson Hangup and in the Manta Trio. Naylor released his second solo album High Horse in November 2011 on El Reno Music. In 2016 Naylor joined The Stems.

Since early 2015 he has been guitarist for the RocKwiz 'Orkestra', the house band for the TV music trivia quiz RocKwiz.


  • 1995: Rail - Bad Hair Life
  • 1996: Even - Less is More
  • 1997: Rail - Goodbye Surfing, Hello God!
  • 1998: Even - Come Again
  • 1999: The Grapes - The Grapes
  • 1999: Stephen Cummings - Spiritual Bum
  • 2001: Even - A Different High
  • 2003: Even - The Street Press Years
  • 2004: Even - Free Kicks
  • 2004: Even - Downpayment on Future Glories
  • 2004: Ashley Naylor - Four Track Mind
  • 2004: Stoneage Hearts - Guilty as Sin
  • 2006: Black Cab - Jesus East
  • 2008: Even - Even
  • 2011: Ashley Naylor - High Horse
  • 2011: Even - In Another Time
  • 2013: The Grapes - Western Sun


  1. ^ a b c d e f Spencer et al, (2007) Naylor, Ashley[permanent dead link] entry. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Dwyer, Michael (4 June 2004). "Just happy being Even". The Age. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Interviews: Paul Kelly" (988). Adelaide: Rip It Up Issue 988. 2008-06-19. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Ashley Naylor's Four Track Mind". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2010.