Ashley McBryde’s name seems to be popping up in a lot of places across media lately, but after C2C Festival her name will undoubtedly be on every festival goers lips. Flashback to C2C 2015 when Brandy Clark won the hearts of the O2 Arena and has since gone on to play a string of successful tours across the UK and release award winning albums – something tells me Ashley will follow in similar footsteps.
The UK LOVES women in country music and this years C2C is far from short of a female line up. The main stage alone is five women strong not to mention vocal groups such as Sugarland and Little Big Town and of course Tim and Faith making the main stage line up nine women strong.
Ashley McBryde will join a high calibre list on the Spotlight Stage, also female strong with the likes of Lindsay Ell, Jillian Jacqueline and some fantastic male artists such as Lukas Nelson, Walker Hayes, Russell Dickerson, Brett Young and Morgan Evans.
Ashley will release her album Girl Going Nowhere on March 30th and we C2C fans will likely get a taste of it across the festival weekend. The album’s title is said to be inspired by a negative algebra teacher who told Ashley she would never achieve her dreams to which she of course has now proved him wrong and we at C2C will make her feel incredibly welcome and show her just how much she truly has reached them.
So what do we know about Ashley and her album Girl Going Nowhere so far? Produced and mixed by award-winner Jay Joyce, Girl Going Nowhere will deliver an authentic traditional sound, honest story telling lyrics and a no bulls**t attitude.
Debut single A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega co – written with Nicolette Hayford and Jesse Rice already has major publications excited about Ashley and she is one of only two female Country music artists to make The New York Times’ “54 Best Songs of 2017” with critic Jon Caramanica observing her the song as “a hearty, expertly written country song about hope after hopelessness,”
Ashley has also been named as one of Variety’s Ones to Watch in 2018. On Tuesday 23rd January, Ashley will make her national TV debut on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” . Tune in at 12:35 p.m. ET/ 11:35 p.m. CT to see her perform “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.”
To follow on that success, Ashley was the most added new artist and most added female artist with A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega, which hit No. 1 on SirusXM’s The Highway Top 30 earlier this year.
Last week Ashley released the music video for her song American Scandal – The premise of the music video is a “Day in Little Rock” with McBryde visiting family, getting a tattoo, and jamming with friends.
Title track Girl Going Nowhere is also available with the pre order for the album and tells a very interesting tale of being told she will never make it and how she ignored the negativity, pursued her dreams and more than proved them wrong.
Another track available with the pre order is the song Tired of Being Happy which mixes traditional with country rock and sonically is quite rough around the edges in a very good way. The memorable chorus is strong and electric and Ashley’s powerful southern vocals bring the song to an even higher level. These glimpses of her album make for exciting times and I cannot wait to hear more. Traditional country is making a big come back and Ashley is helping pave the way for that to become more of a reality. As someone who has never seen Ashley perform, I am excited to see how she shines on the Spotlight Stage and I look forward to hearing the opinions of C2C goers.
Pre order Girl Going Nowhere by Ashley McBryde here