Breakout country singer/songwriter Ashley McBryde is a girl going everywhere on her first headlining tour.
It was a damn good week for Ashley McBryde. On Wednesday a near sell-out crowd greeted her at Gramercy Theatre for the New York City stop on her current headlining tour. Then on Friday McBryde received her first ever GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album, joining Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Ballerini in the category. Not bad for a girl goin’ nowhere.
Called a “whiskey-drinking badass” by Eric Church, who’s admitted to being a massive fan, McBryde was “stunned and humbled and just blown away” by her GRAMMY nomination. “And I’m honored to be alongside artists I admire so much,” she added in a recent press release. “When other girls my age were planning their dream weddings, I dreamt of a GRAMMY nomination. I don’t even need to win. Five-year-old me and teenage me are both satisfied as of now.”
McBryde released Girl Going Nowhere, her major label debut, in March of this year to critical acclaim. “You bought the snot out of it,” she said to a cheering NYC crowd. Produced and mixed by Jay Joyce, Girl Going Nowhere is a true testament to what makes country music so special. The album is an eleven song collection of personal stories told with such honesty and sincerity, by one of the most powerful voices in the genre.
McBryde announced The Girl Going Nowhere Tour back in May, confirming 30+ stops in the U.S. and Europe. It may be her first headlining tour, but from the strength of her performance and stage presence you’d never know it. While her audience has grown exponentially in the past year, she’s definitely not a newcomer to the industry.
McBryde moved to Nashville a dozen years ago to pursue her dream. She paid her dues, played for tips, landed a record deal with Warner Nashville, and has opened for some of the biggest names in country including Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert.
Early into her Wednesday night set at Gramercy Theatre, McBryde announced that they had been just six tickets short of selling out the venue. She didn’t appear at all disappointed – quite the opposite in fact. She seemed to take it as something of a challenge for the next time she performs in New York.
McBryde’s performance was stunning. Whether she was alone on stage with just a spotlight and her guitar, or in full-on rock mode with her killer band, she kept everyone’s attention throughout the night. Her set included crowd favorites A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega and American Scandal, and of course her latest single and the title track of her album, Girl Goin’ Nowhere.
Check out our exclusive photos from MyBryde’s NYC show:
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