New Artist Spotlight: Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde takes the reign as this week's New Artist Spotlight. McBryde grew up in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, and picked up the guitar at the young age of twelve. After learning the instrument, she constantly performed for her parents and grandparents. She joined the school marching band and then eventually took the journey to Nashville to pursue music as a career. According to Rolling Stone, McBryde is an, “Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert." McBryde has had the opportunity to open for Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, and Eric Church.

Recently, Church even invited her on stage to perform an impromptu duet of her song “Bible and a .44." In early June, she played her debut performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium and caught the ear of Marty Stuart. After hearing her perform, the Tennessean interviewed Stuart and he said, “I loved her songs and I loved the directness of her personality, I think she's real and she's authentic…that's about all you can ask for." It's safe to say that people are raving about McBryde, and we are doing the same.

McBryde released her first EP, Jalopies and Guitars, last year. This year, she has already released two singles: “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega" and “Girl Going Nowhere." Both tracks are from her upcoming album, produced by Jay Joyce. The music video for “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega," directed by ACM Video of the Year award winner Reid Long, was released yesterday. The video perfectly captures the song's message of encouraging you to keep going on the worst of days. If you missed it, you can watch the full video below.

“Girl Going Nowhere" is a personal track, born out of her experiences throughout the beginning of her musical career. Her bio states that the song is made of “words built from experience; over the course of her life, McBryde's been finding her own way to fill those seats and sway those hearts since the very first time her teacher told her that her dreams of writing songs in Nashville would never see the light of day." From the sound of it, she has no problem entertaining a crowd, and we love her perseverance.

After listening to her music, it goes without saying that her career is about to soar. Keep a look out for her album announcement, and in the meantime, check out her tour dates here.