Ashley McBryde
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Ashley McBryde

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | SELF
Band Country Singer/Songwriter




"'Elsebound' EP Review"

Overall, Ashley McBryde's 'Elsebound' EP is full of substance and southern country living. I encourage you to go learn more about this amazing artist whose music will touch your soul and make you an instant fan. - I AM Entertainment Magazine

"Ashley McBryde Crowned TN State Winner"

"When the spectacular evening of music ended Saturday at the Colgate Country Showdown—hosted by Lobelville’s Main Street Music Park for the first time—Ashley McBryde was crowned the winner from eight acts that competed for the state title. She is pictured with the entire cast of performers, holding her prize check. Ashley won the Showdown in Arkansas in 2004, was also the 2009 Tennessee champ. She has opened for stellar acts and can be heard performing around Nashville at the legendary Bluebird Café and Hard Rock Café. She now moves on to a regional competition, and hopes to compete for the national title of Best New Act in Country Music." - Sharon McKnight, Buffalo River Review

"Episode 289: Ashley McBryde w/ Cheley Tackett"

"Ashley McBryde and Cheley Tackett from Nashville joined us for an afternoon of beautiful music and lot's of laughs They are both amazing singer/songwriters and they love what they are doing." - Michael Teach, Chicago Acoustic Underground

"You Oughta Know Ashley McBryde"

To most people, seeing the shores of two oceans in the course of a week would be a vacation, but for one former ASU student, it's all in a day's work.

Ashley McBryde is an up-and-coming country music artist whose musical roots go deep. She was playing mandolin at four, and started learning guitar at nine.

"When I was 12, I wrote my first real song and my parents kept asking me where I got the song," she said. "They were a little concerned at the depth a 12-year-old was trying to reach, but they still never discouraged it."

McBryde enrolled in ASU in 2001 as a music education major, but found her calling to songwriting too persistent.

"I kept feeling out of place," she said. "I was sitting in a theory class … and was trying to do my work and couldn't concentrate, and at the time I was playing like five nights a week in Memphis. I was missing a lot of class because I was playing so much, and I just kind of put my pencil down."

She eventually dropped out and followed her dream to Nashville in 2006, but Jonesboro was important to her career in other ways. Before she started playing in bars, she was playing for local friends who would challenge her to play covers for them.

"They didn't even know I could play. It was something I always kind of kept to myself and shared with my family," she said. "I wrote a ton (of songs) in my time at Arkansas State."

McBryde released her first album in 2006. Since then, it's sold close to 3,000 copies.

Now she's working on her second, tentatively titled Break It Fast. A departure from her self-titled debut, McBryde describes this one as her first full-length work. It's set to be done by mid-February.

"This CD has potential to put me on the map as a songwriter," she said. "As much as I enjoyed the first one, it's four or five years old. I'm four or five years older, and the music has really changed since then."

Fans can expect a "completely different feel" from this album. "It's more Americana than the country that's on the radio right now," she said.

Her work schedule is ambitious to say the least. She spends Sunday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to midnight in the studio. When she's not recording, she's traveling to venues in places such as Bowling Green, Memphis, Little Rock and Jonesboro.

This summer, McBryde drove from Memphis to Flint, Mich., to Indiana, then to Nashville. The next week she drove to North and South Carolina, then drove to Gulf Shores, Ala. and back in less than 24 hours.

"I had seen the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico in the same eight-day span. … It's kind of geographically confusing," she said.

Despite being a Colgate Country Showdown state winner three times and opening for the likes of Chris Cagle, Artemis Pyle's self-titled band and Barbara Blue, her ambitions show no sign of slowing.

She's collaborating with famed country songwriter Lisa Carver and hopes to continue this trend.

"My next goal is to have a cut, whether it's a song I co-write or a song I write on my own," she said. "It would be nice to have a song on the radio even if it's not me singing it. … Where everything is for me is in the songwriting."

"True life inspires almost everything," she said. "I usually say, as interesting and horrible as it is, ‘My dirty laundry is your entertainment.' And occasionally, yours is mine."

McBryde will be back in Jonesboro on Thursday, Feb. 3 where she will be playing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Upper Crust Pizza Co., 3120 Shelby Drive.

For more information, visit her website at or - ASU Herald


Album: Elsebound released June 2011



Raw talent combined with a whiskey washed sense of humor has been used to describe singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde. Mentor and famed co-writer, Lisa Carver (Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson), described her as a “writer’s writer.” Put her on a stage and you will see and hear that she is the nicest bad girl you’ve ever met.

Released in June 2011, Ashley’s latest album, ‘Elsebound’, was recorded in Nashville at Hot Haus Studio with producer Mike Holmes. As the writer or co-writer of every song on the album, this work shows you the lyrical narrative Ashley is able to weave together that can make you wish longingly for an old flame or stomp your boot on the barroom floor.
The 11-song Americana -Country album was performed by seasoned veterans such as drummer Ed Greene (The Temptations, B.B. King), bassist Bob Marinelli (Larry Gatlin), and guitarist Lauren Ellis (Rita Coolidge, Nell Carter). Tracks like “Marlboro Man” and “Little Tragedy” guide you through heartache and loss, while “Holy Water” and “Break It Fast” show you her naughty, playful side.

Ashley says, “This CD is a collection of loose ends and lullabies. Each tune is a tiny little confession. Call it an occupational hazard…My dirty laundry is sometimes your entertainment and sometimes yours is mine.”

Ashley released her self-titled debut album in January 2006. This heart-wrenching album displays simple and honest lyrics that run the gamut of emotions. Ashley describes her album as “one of the ones you can turn to when you’re hurting. Use the songs to get through a rough patch, to face one ahead, or celebrate one you’ve just come through.” Her CD features her playing the acoustic guitar and lyrics that paint a picture way beyond her years.

As the reigning Tennessee state champion of the Colgate Country Showdown for 2009 and 2010, Ashley’s list of accomplishments speaks for itself. In 2010, her band was named the best band in Southern Tennessee at the Battle of the Bands in Lewisburg, TN. She has opened for acts such as Chris Cagle, Beth Hart, Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboys, and Point of Grace. She has hosted her own round at the prestigious Bluebird Cafe, and can be seen playing around Nashville at The Commodore Grille and Cadillac Ranch. Ashley is currently playing regular shows in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee to promote the release of her new album, ‘Elsebound’.

Johnny Lee once told her, “Honey, I can tell you’re gonna do this the rest of your life. Now if you never make it big…That doesn’t matter. But if you quit before you die…It’ll matter the rest of your life. It’s in your blood.”

One of Ashley’s biggest influences, Carl Jackson, gave her some advice regarding her songwriting that she carries with her. He said, “You’re not the one writing the songs, the songs are writing you. You have no idea that you are writing the soundtrack to your life.”

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