Singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde has signed with the Warner Music Nashville family. The Mammoth Spring native and mainstream country up-and-comer will be part of the Atlantic Records branch of Warner Music Nashville.
McBryde – who was named by Rolling Stone a few months ago as the first of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” – has been performing around Arkansas and the rest of the country for more than a decade since she released her first EP in 2006. She has also released two full-length albums: “Elsebound” in 2011 and 2016’s “Jalopies & Expensive Guitars.” Rolling Stone said McBryde sounds like “an Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert.”
A veteran opening act for such artists as Wynonna Judd, Willie Nelson, and Chris Stapleton, McBryde’s single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” hit SiriusXM earlier this year. Now released as an official single through Warner Music Nashville, the song will hit mainstream country radio on Oct. 16.
In April of this year, McBryde was invited to play onstage with Eric Church, who calls McBryde his “favorite artist out right now that’s not out yet.” Church introduced her as “a whiskey-drinkin’ badass” before alternating verses with her on her original “Bible and a .44,” a tender tribute to her father. Here’s the video of that performance:
McBryde will join Church as an opener on tour this fall as she works on her upcoming record.
But her time as a support act might be coming to an end: Super-producer Jay Joyce (Church, Brothers Osborne), the go-to Nashville guy when artists want a more guitar-driven edge, is helming her new album, moving her from the folksier side toward rock. “Working with him is like working with a mad scientist – in the best way,” she says of Joyce. “He takes songs that we’ve been playing for a long time and they take on a new life and a new shape with him. It’s insane.”
McBryde performs in El Dorado Sept. 30 with Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes and others at the grand opening of the new Murphy Arts District’s Murphy Amphitheater (tickets available online) and in Fayetteville on Oct. 12 at a charity fundraiser for Animal League of Washington County (tickets available online).
Here’s McBryde’s official video for “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” below.