It hasn’t even been out a month but Ashley McBryde’s Girl Going Nowhere album has quickly become one of my favorites. McBryde is an excellent songwriter with a knack for writing relatable songs. When she sings them with her powerful voice magic happens.
I’ll be honest Ashley McBryde wasn’t even on my radar until she stopped by my radio station recently to hang out, share some stories, and sing a few songs. She was funny and engaging. The type of person you’d love to sip some whiskey with around a campfire swapping stories and songs.
McBryde either wrote or co-wrote all 11 songs on her debut album. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites on it.
Girl Going Nowhere – This title track is awesome! It’s a see, I told you I could do it anthem whose message is don’t let anyone step all over your dreams.
Radioland – As a guy who spent a lot of time listening to the radio growing up, there’s a lot in this one that I can relate to.
Southern Babylon – This one is interesting. It’s bluesy, sexy, and seductive. I don’t know of any other female country singer that could pull this one off. McBryde does it effortlessly.
The Jacket – This song’s opening riff reminds me of a Tom Petty song and then it works into a sentimental journey. Makes me wish I had a jacket or two to give to my daughters.
A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega – I love the message of hope in this song. It’s a reminder that bad things don’t always have to end badly. You might have heard this one on the radio as it’s the first single from the album.
Andy (I Can’t Live Without You) – This starts out like a bitter love gone wrong song that eventually works its way into a tender story of real, honest love. With just a guitar to back her up… this one really showcases McBryde’s voice and her ability to tell a story and bring emotion to a song.
El Dorado – This song makes me want to turn the radio up, roll the windows down, and cruise.