ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Ashley McBryde shared the stage with Kentucky-born rising newcomer Dillon Carmichael during a radio station listener event in San Jose, California, and treated the audience to an infectious version of “Tennessee Whiskey.” The track originally recorded by George Jones back in the ’70s was brought to life again most recently by Chris Stapleton. Both singer-songwriters McBryde and Carmichael are known for having a similar traditional country style roots like Stapleton, so it was extremely fitting that they showcased their voices to this song.
Carmichael began the song with his smooth, deep, Stapleton’esque voice, singing “Used to spend my nights out in a barroom/Liquor was the only love I’d known/But you rescued me from reachin’ for the bottom/And brought me back from being too far gone.”
The delicate sound to Carmichael’s voice complimented McyBryde’s powerful delivery of the high notes molded together for the chorus of “Tennessee Whiskey” creating a unifying and powerful performance. A panoramic view in the video shows the audience singing along to the acoustic duet.
McBryde’s turn to blow the audience away came during the second verse, “I’ve looked for love in all the same old places/Found the bottom of a bottle always dry/But when you poured out your heart I didn’t waste it/Cause there’s nothing like your love to get me high.” The listeners carried the singers through the chorus, singing every word as loud as possible. “Tonight was especially special for us,” McBryde graciously said, before asking the listeners to sing the chorus one more time. An electric and soulful performance left the audience applauding and shouting for more.
McBryde recently announced that she is joining Miranda Lambert on her all-female tour Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour in October. In addition to scheduled shows leading up to the tour, McBryde will be performing at CMA Festival in Nashville in June. Carmichael, who was named Wide Open Country’s Rising Artist to Watch in 2019; released his brilliant debut album Hell on An Angel last year will be performing at the Faster Horses and Watershed festivals this summer.
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