From the moment breakout country singer/songwriter Ashley McBryde took the stage for opening number “Livin’ Next to Leroy,” there wasn’t a second of her 90-minute set that the sold-out crowd at Marathon Music Works in Nashville wasn’t rapt with attention.
CMT.com reflected that fans “come to hear authentic country music, but they stay for the sharp Arkansas wit, dry sarcasm and other random thoughts [McBryde] shares between songs,” and none of those things were lacking from the Arkansas-native’s set.
Following a string of upbeat, rock-infused anthems from her major label debut Girl Going Nowhere, the artist that NPR calls “one of the genre’s most important new voices” returned to the stage alone, acoustic guitar in hand, and treated the crowd to a stripped-down performance of “Bible and a .44” followed by “Luckiest S.O.B.,” displaying a vocal command that the Lexington Herald-Leader argues is “as natural, insightful and arresting as her material.”
McBryde closed her acoustic set with her relatable and poignant song “Girl Going Nowhere,” as the band rejoined her on stage. In an emotional moment for the powerhouse vocalist, the passionate crowd cheered as she sang the lyrics:
Then the lights come up, and I hear the band
And where they said I’d never be is exactly where I am
I hear the crowd, look around, and I can’t find an empty chair
Not bad for a girl going nowhere
Fueled by talent and passion, McBryde gave the Nashville crowd everything she had returning for a two-song encore comprised of the sultry “Southern Babylon” and finished the night with fan-favorite “American Scandal.”
Before the final chorus, McBryde had one last message for the capacity crowd in Music City: “I want to remind you that you didn’t show up because we were here. We showed up because you were here.”
Despite being the self-declared “Girl Going Nowhere,” McBryde is a girl going everywhere on her first headlining tour as she continues to take her talent around the country and to the UK for some international dates with Luke Combs next month.
Ashley McBryde’s 2018 “The Girl Going Nowhere Tour” remaining dates are as follows:
Oct. 3 – O2 Institute (w/ Luke Combs), Birmingham, U.K.
Oct. 4 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (w/ Luke Combs), London, U.K.
Oct. 5 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (w/ Luke Combs), London, U.K.
Oct. 7 – O2 ABC, Glasgow (w/ Luke Combs), Scotland
Oct. 8 – O2 Ritz Manchester (w/ Luke Combs), Manchester, U.K.
Oct. 10 – Islington Assembly Hall, London, U.K.
Oct. 13 – Mighty Mississippi Music Festival, Greenville, MS
Oct. 25 – Elevation, Grand Rapids, MI*
Oct. 26 – Joe’s Live, Rosemont, IL*
Nov. 1 – The Lyric Theatre, Oxford, MS*
Nov. 2 – The Barn at The Wicked Wheel (benefiting Girls Inc. of Bay County), Panama City, FL
Nov. 7 – Brick Street Bar, Oxford, OH*
Nov. 8 – The Bluestone, Columbus, OH*
Nov. 9 – Eight Seconds Saloon, Indianapolis, IN*
Nov. 10 – Dusty Armadillo, Rootstown, OH*
Nov. 29 – The Blue Note, Columbia, MO*
Nov. 30 – Revolution Music Room, Little Rock, AR*
Dec. 5 – Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY*
Dec. 7 – The Foundry at the Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA*
Dec. 8 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA*
Dec. 12 – Jergel’s Rhythm and Grill, Warrendale, PA*
Dec. 13 – Iron Works, Buffalo, NY*
Dec. 14 – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA*
Dec. 15 – Anthology, Rochester, NY*
* denotes a show with special guest Dee White
For tour dates and more information, visit AshleyMcBryde.com.
About Ashley McBryde Lauded by The New York Times as “an alluringly flexible singer, fluent in classic country, blues and Southern rock, with a voice that moves easily from tender to tough,” Ashley McBryde caught the attention of some of Nashville’s most raucous entertainers, landing her dates opening for Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and, most recently, Miranda Lambert and Luke Combs. The Washington Post raves, “McBryde’s blue-collar storytelling and straightforward singing set her apart,” including a set during her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage, notably sharing “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” the seminal title track from her March 30, 2018 Jay Joyce-produced LP for Atlantic Records/Warner Nashville. Girl Going Nowhere was the biggest debut by a solo country artist this year and earned the Arkansas native critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Variety and more. McBryde’s current single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” is in the Top 30 at Country radio and has already notched the No. 1 slot on SiriusXM’s The Highway Top 30. Learn more about McBryde at AshleyMcBryde.com or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AshleyMcBryde, Instagram @ashleymcbryde and Twitter at @AshleyMcBryde.https://www.countryschatter.com/2018/09/ashley-mcbryde-rocks-sold-out-show-in-music-city/Concert InfoPress ReleaseTours"Bible and a .44","Girl Going Nowhere","Livin' Next to Leroy","Luckiest S.O.B.",Ashley McBryde,CMT.com,Marathon Music Works,Twitter