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Ashley McBryde

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 16, 2022

Ashley McBryde is a country music star through and through. 

Raised on the music of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton, and Hank Williams, McBryde began her career playing in biker bars, roadside hangouts, and eclectic venues around Nashville, Tennessee. During that time, she developed a style that would immediately appeal to country music fans upon the release of her debut album in 2018. That album, Girl Going Nowhere, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album in addition to being named the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. 

McBryde’s followup, Never Will, was listed by many publications as one of the best albums of 2020 and was nominated for Best Country Album at the 2020 Grammys. 

Inarguably country at its core, McBryde’s music is tailor-made for live concerts. Though Rolling Stone called her “a whiskey-swilling high priestess of dive bars with a rock-leaning approach to mainstream country,” McBryde’s special gift is her ability to tell a story, helping her easily connect with fans and solidifying her as one of the genre’s brightest lights, ensuring country music will be in good hands for a long time to come. 

McBryde continues her “This Town Talks Tour,” which sold out in several cities last year, with a show at Clyde Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 26, with special guest Ashland Craft, whom American Songwriter proclaimed as “a new country badass” following the release of her debut album last year.


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