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Ashley McBryde: ‘Never Will: Live From a Distance’ – Review

Singer-songwriter, Ashley McBryde has been slowly releasing live tracks from her sophomore album Never Will since February. Today, she released a live recording of “Sparrow,” completing the 6-track EP.

The collection features the funny, yet vulnerable “First Thing I Reach For;” “Shut Up Sheila;” the ukulele-driven “Velvet Red,” the fiery “Voodoo Doll,” the current single, “Martha Divine,” and the emotional “Sparrow.” The live recordings sound nearly identical to the studio versions, which is a testament to McBryde’s talent and authenticity.

Never Will: Live From A Distance Tracklist:

  1.  First Thing I Reach For (Ashley McBryde, Randall Clay, Mick Holland)
  2. Shut Up Sheila (Nicolette Hayford, Charles Chisholm)
  3. Velvet Red (Ashley McBryde, Patrick Savage, Daniel Smalley)
  4. Voodoo Doll (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
  5. Martha Divine (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Spillman)
  6. Sparrow (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
Ashley McBryde's 'Never Will: Live From A Distance' is available now, May 28th, on all streaming platforms

Ashley McBryde’s ‘Never Will: Live From A Distance’ is available now, May 28th, on all streaming platforms

Never Will dropped last year on April 3rd, right at the start of the pandemic. It peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and picked up CMA and GRAMMY nominations for Album of the Year and Best Country Album, respectively.

Fans can catch McBryde perform these songs in-person on her ‘This Town Talks’ Tour, and supporting Luke Combs on his ‘What You See Is What You Get’ Tour, both starting in June.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Ashley McBryde announcements and releases.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Never Will: Live From A Distance is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

BREAKING: Ashley McBryde Plots 2021-22 ‘This Town Talks’ Tour

Ashley McBryde has officially announced 2021-22 tour dates for ‘The This Town Talks’ Tour. Check out the full list of dates below.

Joining Ashley McBryde on tour will be Morgan Wade, Priscilla Block, and Ray Fulcher.

The show hits New York City on August 17th at Irving Plaza.

For all other tour dates, tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, 5/21 at 10AM ET at AshleyMcBryde.com.

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Check out the dates below for the full list of shows…

This Town Talks Tour
*Morgan Wade as support | ^Adam Hambrick as support | +Priscilla Block as support |
~Ray Fulcher as support | #Support to be announced

June 12, 2021              Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges                       Roanoke, Va.*
July 16, 2021              Gold Nugget Grand Event Center                  Lake Charles, La.
July 17, 2021              Floore’s Country Store                                   Helotes, Texas#
July 18, 2021              Nutty Brown Café & Amphitheatre               Austin, Texas#
July 28, 2021              Bourbon Theatre                                             Lincoln, Neb.^
Aug. 5, 2021               Cain’s Ballroom                                             Tulsa, Okla.*
Aug. 6, 2021               Orpheum Theatre                                            Memphis, Tenn.*
Aug. 7, 2021               Robinson Performance Hall                           Little Rock, Ark.*
Aug. 17, 2021             Irving Plaza                                                     New York, N.Y.+
Aug. 19, 2021             Theatre of Living Arts                                    Philadelphia, Pa.+
Aug. 20, 2021             House of Blues                                               Boston, Mass.+
Aug. 21, 2021             The Fillmore Silver Spring                             Silver Spring, Md.+
Aug. 26, 2021             Ryman Auditorium                                         Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 27, 2021             Ryman Auditorium                                         Nashville, Tenn.
Sept. 2, 2021               The Pageant                                                    St. Louis, Mo.+
Sept. 3, 2021               Bogart’s                                                          Cincinnati, Ohio+
Sept. 16, 2021             The Sylvee                                                      Madison, Wis.^
Sept. 22, 2021             The Wilma                                                      Missoula, Mont.~
Sept. 23, 2021             Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox                Spokane, Wash.~
Sept. 25, 2021             Showbox                                                         Seattle, Wash.~
Sept. 26, 2021             Roseland Theater                                            Portland, Ore.~
Sept. 29, 2021             Ace of Spades                                                 Sacramento, Calif.~
Oct. 3, 2021                House of Blues                                               San Diego, Calif.+
Oct. 5, 2021                The Wiltern                                                     Los Angeles, Calif.+
Oct. 13, 2021              Ogden Theatre                                                Denver, Colo.~
Nov. 12, 2021             The Eastern                                                     Atlanta, Ga.+
Nov. 13, 2021             Tivoli Theatre                                                 Chattanooga, Tenn.+
Nov. 14, 2021             The Fillmore Charlotte                                   Charlotte, N.C.+
Dec. 8, 2021                Riviera Theater                                              Chicago, Ill.+
Dec. 11, 2021  `           Mississippi Moon Bar                                    Dubuque, Iowa+
Dec. 12, 2021              Egyptian Room at Old National Centre         Indianapolis, Ind.+
Jan. 6, 2022                 Brown Theatre                                                Louisville, Ky.+
Jan. 7, 2022                 Roxian Theatre                                               Pittsburgh, Pa.+
Jan. 8, 2022                 The National                                                   Richmond, Va.+
Jan. 13, 2022               20 Monroe Live                                              Grand Rapids, Mich.*
Jan. 14, 2022               The Fillmore                                                   Detroit, Mich.*
Jan. 15, 2022               Agora Theater                                                 Cleveland, Ohio#

CRS 2021 New Faces Showcases – The Full Recap

This year, CRS (Country Radio Seminar) looked quite different from years past. We weren’t all gathered at the Omni Hotel in Nashville celebrating the incredible people and artists that make the country genre so popular. Instead, we were in our respective homes or offices, watching on laptops across the country. The virtual CRS however did allow for a spectacular chance to network with radio programmers, personalities, media, and people involved in all facets of the industry. 

New Faces CRS 2021

Each year at the conclusion of this great seminar, five rising talents take the stage for a one-of-a-kind showcase called New Faces. Here at NYCountry Swag, we cherish the new artists that we choose to champion and so many of the artists who were nominated and voted for tonight are not new to our followers however they are just on the verge of their superstar careers. 

 

HARDY kicked off the night of performances with songs from his debut LP, A ROCK including “BOOTS”, “UNAPOLOGETICALLY COUNTRY AS HELL”, and his first number one song as an artist “ONE BEER”. He was also grateful to be able to perform his current radio single, a song for anyone who is missing someone they have lost called “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL”. His signature grit and energy was the perfect way to showcase his talent for anyone who already wasn’t a fan. Learn more about HARDY and check out an acoustic session from his last trip to New York City in our video above. 

Next up was Matt Stell who not only performed his back-to-back number-one singles “Prayed for You” and “Everywhere But On” but also included a video package that surely brought the audience to tears featuring his proud mother. Stell’s mix of rock and country and his stage presence absolutely earned him a spot in the five artists featured. Check out our Swag Session with Matt Stell in the video below.

Tenille Arts, one of our 2021 Artists to Watch, showcased her vocal prowess and catchy lyrics with tracks from her most recent album including “Everybody Knows Everybody”, and her current top 15 radio single “Somebody Like That”. She also performed her latest release, “Give It To Me Straight” and her personality and her talent glittered just like her gorgeous hand-decorated guitar. 

Travis Denning was up next, his performance of his first number one song “After A Few” and his next radio single “ABBY” was electric, and he even dazzled attendees with a brand new song, “I’m Gonna Love You”. Denning joined us for a Swag Session in New York City. Revisit the interview and performance in the video below.

 

To close out an already remarkable evening of live music, Ashley McBryde, a current GRAMMY nominee brought her delicate vocals and honest storytelling to the stage. Starting her set with songs from her first album that put her on the map “Girl Goin Nowhere” and “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” she told the story of her journey so far in the industry. “One Night Standards” and “Martha Divine” from her current album Never Will showcased the magic she can bring to a room.

While we anxiously await the return of concerts and live music, it’s a positive thought to know that when we do all gather again, country artists have written and recorded some amazing music for us during this past year. 

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HARDY, Ashley McBryde and More Announced as 2021 CRS New Faces

Earlier today, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) officially announced the CRS 2020 New Faces of Country Music Class of 2021.

The CRS New Faces of Country Music is one of the most coveted showcases of the weekend that spotlights five emerging artists that have achieved significant success in the country genre. This year, Tenille Arts, Travis Denning, HARDY, Ashley McBryde, and Matt Stell were honored with the title.

New Faces CRS

 

For three years in a row, our team has had the pleasure of attending Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, where country music and radio industry gather to exchange ideas, check out new talent, and celebrate the country music genre. Although the 2021 seminar will be virtual, members of the country music and country radio community will still come together through technology to celebrate the year in music.

We highlighted Travis Denning back in 2018 when he was just hitting the scene and Matt Stell back in 2018 and was our first Swag Session in 2020. Watch both performances and interviews below.

We’ve also championed HARDY since he started releasing his own music as an artist/songwriter. His album Hixtape Vol. 1 made our 2019 Albums of the Year and we’ve loved watching his career explode.

CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 19.  The New Faces of Country Music® Show closes out the event on Friday, Feb. 19. 

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Nominees for CRS 2021 Virtual New Faces of Country Music Announced

The 2021 CRS New Faces of Country Music nominees have been revealed today, November 16th.

2021 New Faces of Country Music Nominees

For three years in a row, our team has had the pleasure of attending Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, where country music and radio industry gather to exchange ideas, check out new talent, and celebrate the country music genre. Although the 2021 seminar will be virtual, members of the country music and country radio community will still come together through technology to celebrate the year in music.

The CRS New Faces of Country Music is one of the most coveted showcases of the weekend that spotlights five emerging artists that have achieved significant success at Country Radio. This year, nine deserving artists have been nominated for the honor, including Tenille Arts, Travis Denning, HARDY, Ryan Hurd, Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, Niko Moon, Jameson Rodgers, and Matt Stell.

Here at NYCountry Swag, we pride ourselves on being tastemakers and introducing our followers and country music fans to the freshest and newest talents in country music. We are proud to say that we have been able to interview most of the nominees, as well as, witness their talents in different capacities, and can honestly say that they all are deserving of the accolades. We even named Parker McCollum, Jameson Rodgers, and HARDY in our 2020 Artists to Watch.

CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 19.  The New Faces of Country Music Show closes out the event on Friday, Feb. 19.

Voting for the Class of 2021 will open Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. CST and will run through the end of the day (11:59 p.m. CST), Friday, Dec. 4 at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  The five acts with the most votes will make up the lineup for the show. To view the New Faces of Country Music® qualification criteria, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

We look forward to seeing which five artists make up the New Faces of Country Class of 2020, and we cannot wait for the showcase. In the meantime, check out our recap from our experience at Country Radio Seminar last year and watch our exclusive interviews and performances with each of the artists nominated below.

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NYCS First Impression: Ashley McBryde ‘Never Will’

Ashley McBryde Never Will

“Hang in there girl, you’re gonna be alright” – Ashley McBryde’s sophomore album Never Will kicks off with an anthem for those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed during this awful pandemic. The reigning ACM New Female Artist of the Year and CMA New Artist of the Year has been a poster child for determination, beating adversity and overcoming challenges thrown her way. Her breakout hit and title track from her first album, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” put her on the map as a traditional country artist with a rocking soul and she continues the narrative with Never Will, released everywhere today.

Dabbling in ominous humor, putting her vices on display, one night stands and even covering up a murder, McBryde co-writing the majority of the tracks has stamped her signature on Never Will. The debut single from the project, “One Night Standards” set the tone, a no holds barred collection of songs that will engage both the traditionalists and the modern country fans.

Sonically, smattering electric guitars carry most of the major songs, (“Martha Divine”, “Never Will”) adding to McBryde’s thrilling live performance while more tender, acoustic moments like “Velvet Red” and “Stone” are a sincere look into the delicate stories of smalltown living on the former and the loss of her brother to suicide on the latter.

“Stone” one of the most somber yet poignant songs on the record flips grief on its head, similarly to Miranda Lambert’s “Over You”. Instead of coloring the song with sadness, she stays in the lines of anger and resentment that one may feel after losing someone they loved. “You taught me all about which ones sink and which ones skip / There’s throwing ones / And rolling ones / Getting us to open up was like getting blood from one / the stepping kind / The steady kind  / The hey I’ve got your back ones you can stand behind.” Referencing the different stones one encounters throughout life, as well as the heartbreaking headstone.

McBryde addressed deciding to keep the April 3rd release date amidst all the uncertainty of these times, sharing with Tennessean “Music is the one thing that cannot be diminished, not by being quarantined, not by being indoors or outdoors. Music cannot be destroyed.”

The title track not only acts as an appropriate sequel to “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”, proving naysayers wrong about her career and her determination to remain authentic to herself but it showcases how her vocals command the listener. “They never did understand all the reasons we did it,” she sings, “I can point out the names and the faces of the people who said it / Oh but honestly I just don’t want ’em to get any credit.”

Wrapping the album with a silly yet heartfelt ode to all things “Styrofoam” McBryde shows a lighter side and her love for the container that keeps her beer cold. There is always the dreaded fear that most artists have of the ‘sophomore slump’, however, McBryde faces the challenge head-on, staking her claim that if you thought this girl was goin’ nowhere, you were wrong.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Never Will is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

NYCS Picks:

  1. “Sparrow”
  2. “Martha Divine”
  3. “Stone”
Never Will Track Listing:
  1. “Hang In There Girl” (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Bussey)
  2. “One Night Standards” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally)
  3. “Shut Up Sheila” (Nicolette Hayford, Charles Chisholm)
  4. “First Thing I Reach For” (Ashley McBryde, Randall Clay, Mick Holland)
  5. “Voodoo Doll” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
  6. “Sparrow” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
  7. “Martha Divine” (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Spillman)
  8. “Velvet Red” (Ashley McBryde, Patrick Savage, Daniel Smalley)
  9. “Stone” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford)
  10. “Never Will” (Ashley McBryde, Chris Harris, Blue Foley, Matt Helmkamp, Christian Sancho, Victor Quinn Hill)
  11. “Styrofoam” (Randall Clay)

 

 

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Watch Ashley McBryde’s New Music Videos Full Of Twisted Events

Ashley McBryde Music Videos

Ashley McBryde is undoubtedly one of the most daring up-and-coming female country artists, who not only has a vulnerable yet powerful voice that turns heads, but spunk and personality to match. With her 2017 debut single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega”, McBryde successfully introduced herself as a polished and confident artist, securing her place on country radio. The lyrics solidified her well-deserved spot even more by taking part in the songwriting process among Jesse Rice and Nicolette Hayford. “Girl Going Nowhere” soon followed, alongside her debut album, which acted as the title track and single-handedly won the hearts of America during the 2019 ACM Awards.

The Arkansas native took some time off from releasing new music until a new single titled “One Night Standards” came out in August. Though there’s nothing small about this track, it goes against all the love songs that country music is so known for.

The chorus reads: “It’s just a room key / You ain’t gotta lie to me / Can’t you just use me like I’m using you? / How it goes is, bar closes / There’s no king bed covered in roses / Just a room without a view / I don’t want a number you ain’t gonna answer / Let’s just stick to the one night standards”. The honesty within the track overrides the shame of inviting an almost stranger to share a night together. But there is no shame depicted, rather McBryde presents it as a natural response to loneliness with “I ain’t gonna say I never do this / ‘cause truth is, lonely makes a heart ruthless”.

The video adds to the already gutsy song with a heavy, complex storyline that involves cheating and murder. McBryde acts as the desk receptionist at a motel while a strangely paired couple books a room and things get…intense, to say the least. Interestingly enough, the supporting roles within the video are not given a voice, everything is muted to give the lyrics their weight, which is surprisingly effective. You are able to feel the anger, uneasiness, and anxiety despite the lack of sound coming from the story displayed on the screen. Still, the viewers are given a spoonful of thrill and horror, something you wouldn’t normally find in a music video, and yet the entertainment is much appreciated.

“Martha Divine” acts as the second half to the “One Night Standards” music video which ended with a “to be continued”. The series of storytelling through many songs not only practically guarantees returning viewers, but it also creates a deeper connection to the material by building these 3-dimensional characters. Take a listen to the new track, grab some popcorn, and prepare yourself for the continued anguish of the unflattering deed that is getting rid of a corpse.

First off, the lyrics are vengeful and resentful while a layer of self-justification is involved in defending the, deemed reasonable, reaction to discovering your dad with another woman. “You put your hands on the wrong damn man this time / Jezebel, you’re bound for Hell / But evidently, the devil was busy so I moved you up in line, Martha Divine” showcases the guilt-free attitude of those participants of the vicious crime. It’s similar to “Two Black Cadillacs” by Carrie Underwood with the honorable stance these ladies take in seeking revenge, no matter the delicate balance of morale and imprisonment possibilities.

The video takes an interesting twist by opening at the same hotel as the “One Night Standards” music video with all the characters as if no time as passed since the making of it. This creates a pretty dense layer of suspense, with help from the steady, thick beat of the song. The one difference is that the camera focuses on the mistress’ signature, Martha Divine while checking into the room which is clever, for obvious reasons. “Martha Divine” is the same story as the previous track, set from a slightly different perspective, the daughters. McBryde sings from the young girls’ perspective with “Momma’s an angel / My daddy isn’t / Looks like a little more rubbed off on me that didn’t” as an indication of the narrator (McBryde) telling a story rather than herself playing an important role in the action. The identical production of the two different songs is somehow more satisfying than continuing the story and revealing how the night ends up with all of its foul glory.

“Martha Divine” goes along with McBryde’s feisty approach that is apparent in a wide selection of her songs. Despite the toughness, her voice is commonly paired with this raw, bittersweet sentiment to it in the more stripped-down tracks such as “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “The Jacket”. This artist is versatile with her vocal abilities and succeeds whether the level of spunk overrides the vulnerability within the song or not. Ashley McBryde is one to look out for because of the broad range of messages her song stories convey as well as her tendency to tell a story in one song and speak true, personal lyrics in another.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Martha Divine” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Ashley McBryde Drops New Single “One Night Standards”

Ashley McBryde One Night Standards

Ashley McBryde has returned with yet another heartfelt, delicate aria; the first taste of a new project after the release of her highly acclaimed debut, Girl Going Nowhere. The Arkansas-native publicized the news on the same day she was announced as a nominee for “New Artist of the Year” at this year’s CMA Awards. Fellow musician, “Best Shot” singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen announced her nomination while McBryde blissfully confessed the details of her newest single, “One Night Standards,” the first single of her forthcoming sophomore album pending a release date in 2020.

The “Girl Going Nowhere” singer-songwriter has never been shy when discussing authentic content in her music. “One Night Standards,” written by McBryde, Shane McAnally, and Nicolette Hayford, divulges in the ground rules set for a boisterous, guilt-free night spent in a nondescript hotel room. The less known about one another, the better. McBryde dabbled around with the idea with Hayford in a writer’s room in East Nashville, “It ain’t something, I wanna spend a lot of time in, I ain’t gonna stay for the weekend..” before reintroducing the idea to McAnally a mere two years later when the trio released they had something special. “We had to walk away from it to give it a second to breathe,” she now reflects in a press release. “When we got back in a room, this time Shane [McAnally] was with us and I joked, ‘You know, hotel rooms…they only have one night stand for a reason. They’re one night stand-ers.’ Shane and Nic’s eyes lit up, ‘Did you just say one night standards?’”

The “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” artist communicates the priority of not wanting nor expecting more than a one night fling singing: “It’s just a room key, you ain’t gotta lie to me / Can’t you just use me, like I’m using you / How it goes is, the bar closes / There’s no king bed covered in roses / Just a room, without a view / I don’t want a number you ain’t gonna answer / Let’s just stick to the one night standards”

McBryde debuted “One Night Standards” at her CMA Fan Club Party and the relevance of this heavily influenced bluesy, country rock anthem is apposite to all. She will continue to premiere her new single on her upcoming tour dates, as well as her appearances in the UK.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“One Night Standards” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Ashley McBryde and Dillon Carmichael Duet on “Tennessee Whiskey”

Ashley McBryde Dillon Carmichael Tennessee Whiskey

ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Ashley McBryde shared the stage with Kentucky-born rising newcomer Dillon Carmichael during a radio station listener event in San Jose, California, and treated the audience to an infectious version of “Tennessee Whiskey.”  The track originally recorded by George Jones back in the ’70s was brought to life again most recently by Chris Stapleton. Both singer-songwriters McBryde and Carmichael are known for having a similar traditional country style roots like Stapleton, so it was extremely fitting that they showcased their voices to this song.

Carmichael began the song with his smooth, deep, Stapleton’esque voice, singing “Used to spend my nights out in a barroom/Liquor was the only love I’d known/But you rescued me from reachin’ for the bottom/And brought me back from being too far gone.”

The delicate sound to Carmichael’s voice complimented McyBryde’s powerful delivery of the high notes molded together for the chorus of “Tennessee Whiskey” creating a unifying and powerful performance.   A panoramic view in the video shows the audience singing along to the acoustic duet.

McBryde’s turn to blow the audience away came during the second verse, “I’ve looked for love in all the same old places/Found the bottom of a bottle always dry/But when you poured out your heart I didn’t waste it/Cause there’s nothing like your love to get me high.”  The listeners carried the singers through the chorus, singing every word as loud as possible.  “Tonight was especially special for us,” McBryde graciously said, before asking the listeners to sing the chorus one more time.  An electric and soulful performance left the audience applauding and shouting for more.

McBryde recently announced that she is joining Miranda Lambert on her all-female tour Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour in October.  In addition to scheduled shows leading up to the tour, McBryde will be performing at CMA Festival in Nashville in June.   Carmichael, who was named Wide Open Country’s Rising Artist to Watch in 2019; released his brilliant debut album Hell on An Angel last year will be performing at the Faster Horses and Watershed festivals this summer.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and to keep up with Dillon Carmichael follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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Ashley McBryde Opens Up About Pursuing Her Dreams in CBS Interview

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Ashley McBryde with co-writer of “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “Livin’ Next to Leroy,” Nicolette Hayford, on CBS This Morning (Monday, April 1, 2019)

In an emotional yet inspiring interview with “CBS This Morning,” Ashley McBryde talks all matters related to her struggle to make it in the music industry, family disapproval of her career choice, and the ultimate passion she has for music. It began with a clip of Carrie Underwood surprising McBryde with a phone call announcing “You miss, are the ACM New Female Artist of the Year,” ahead of this Sunday’s award’s show. Not only is McBryde already a winner, but she is also up for Female Artist of the Year, and she will be performing on the big stage in Las Vegas alongside Eric Church on Sunday.

McBryde has come a long way to finally earn her spot in country music. The road was not always easy, as it took her many years playing in dive bars and keeping her head up when no one believed she could make it her way. When trying to break into the country music industry, McBryde was told to lose weight and to look a certain way, and she was not about to give into that. The singer-songwriter decided instead to put pen to paper and write about it. McBryde says one of her rules when it comes to writing is, “Don’t write anything down until somebody cries – we like to dive deep.”

Her incredible ability to create an emotional connection and tell a story through her lyrics is what took her from living in small-town Arkansas, all the way to Nashville and the top of the country music charts. One song in particular, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” talks about keepin’ on when no one else believes in you. McBryde admits, “I don’t know that I’ve written one more important than ‘Girl Goin’ Nowhere’ – yet.” That particular title track to her highly successful debut album Girl Going Nowhere landed her a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album.

McBryde’s favorite and most personal song on Girl Going Nowhere is “Bible and a .44” about her father. McBryde’s father did not approve of her being in the music industry and felt that it was no place for his daughter. In fact, he told her, “Promise me that when you’ve made your money you’ll go to medical school.” Her father is a doctor, and a farmer who is currently fighting a degenerative disease. McBryde admits, “I am careful the things I share with him because it is important to me and its not always important to him,” and would assure her Dad, “I’m not just playing bars anymore, I’m playing arenas, we’re traveling the world.” His response was, “I’m proud ‘for’ ya, didn’t say ‘of’ ya.” A teary McBryde admits, “everybody wants their Pop to be proud of them.” Fortunately, McBryde sought encouragement from her mother who believed in her wholeheartedly, and through writing music and performing she continued her journey to stardom.

Now it’s time for McBryde to pay it forward, she says “More times than I’ve got yes, I’ve got no.” She lovingly gives advice, “if anybody has told you not to passionately pursue what sets your soul on fire – they are wrong, don’t you dare give up and if you do, you better not let me find out about it.” McBryde hopes that her fans can relate to her lyrics and songs, as writing them and performing are like therapy for her. The passion for music radiates through McBryde, as she says, “This is the only thing I know how to do and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability, and when the level ups itself, I will up myself to that level,” and it is safe to say there is no slowing down one of the most admirable and talked about artists in country music today.

To keep up with McBryde follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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