Instead of trying to replicate her major label debut or being paralyzed by fear of the dreaded sophomore slump, McBryde boldly charged forward and the result is a compelling collection of songs that cover a wide range of emotional territory with authenticity and heart. We decided to go in as a band that has a lot of rock and roll tendencies, a lot of blues tendencies and a lot of bluegrass tendencies. We just decided to do everything that we kind of leaned towards louder and on purpose. McBryde grew up singing in a biker bar in her native Arkansas and released three independent projects before signing with Warner Music Nashville and releasing Girl Going Nowhere in Working again with producer Jay Joyce, McBryde started with around 30 songs then whittled it down to the 11 that made it on the new record. That trait is ever present in the songs on the new album, and one of the things she hopes fans take away from the record is hope. I needed to be reminded to hang in there and somebody else needs to be reminded too. So first of all hope and perseverance. Another message she wanted to convey is that loss is okay.
Ashley McBryde’s ‘Never Will’: Album Review
Her rowdy and emotionally stirring second album represents the pinnacle of what contemporary mainstream country can be. By Chris Willman. Here, you sensed, was a woman who could likely drink you under the table, and who you knew could write you under the table. The Arkansas native came off as the practiced veteran of a thousand open-mic nights, as well as somebody who might actually have played — and slayed — from behind chicken wire at some point in her three and a half decades. Along with a handful of not-always-well-known co-writers and one fairly recognizable one, Brandy Clark , who contributed to two tracks , McBryde has come up with an song collection finely honed enough to beckon the question: Does modern mainstream country deserve writing this good? Probably every real country fan in the nation knows who she is and likes her at this point, thanks to her awards, winning TV moments and relentless opening tour slots. Radio people even adore her; unlike, say, Kacey Musgraves, who they secretly whisper breathes too rarefied an air for their format, McBryde has a one-of-the-boys personality that makes her an easy fit for every radio tour stop in America.
'Hang In There Girl'
The acclaimed country singer and songwriter has had April 3 circled on her calendar for months. In a recent interview with The Tennessean, we asked if she thought her new music might help those stuck indoors. How is it going to affect your record? Music cannot be destroyed. I got Brandy Clark's new record this last week, and have not stopped listening to it.
Ashley McBryde born July 29, is an American country music singer-songwriter. Her second independent album, Elsebound , was released in June She signed with Warner Music Nashville in and released her major label debut album, Girl Going Nowhere , the following year.