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Lauren Ashley walks out. And the band plays.
She surveys the room. It’s a scene Ashley is accustomed to seeing the first time she plays a venue. Women tend to congregate at the front of the stage; the men saddling up to the bar…
…until the Trainwreckers hit that first chord.
“I think everyone has an expectation when they see a woman take the stage,” says Ashley. “My girls are usually with me from the get-go, while the guys are kind of known to hang back. But I would notice by the second or third song, the ladies are usually making room for them. I got more surprised comments from guys after shows telling me, 'Your music rocks. Y'all are awesome!’