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CRS 2021 New Faces Showcases – The Full Recap

This year, CRS (Country Radio Seminar) looked quite different from years past. We weren’t all gathered at the Omni Hotel in Nashville celebrating the incredible people and artists that make the country genre so popular. Instead, we were in our respective homes or offices, watching on laptops across the country. The virtual CRS however did allow for a spectacular chance to network with radio programmers, personalities, media, and people involved in all facets of the industry. 

New Faces CRS 2021

Each year at the conclusion of this great seminar, five rising talents take the stage for a one-of-a-kind showcase called New Faces. Here at NYCountry Swag, we cherish the new artists that we choose to champion and so many of the artists who were nominated and voted for tonight are not new to our followers however they are just on the verge of their superstar careers. 

 

HARDY kicked off the night of performances with songs from his debut LP, A ROCK including “BOOTS”, “UNAPOLOGETICALLY COUNTRY AS HELL”, and his first number one song as an artist “ONE BEER”. He was also grateful to be able to perform his current radio single, a song for anyone who is missing someone they have lost called “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL”. His signature grit and energy was the perfect way to showcase his talent for anyone who already wasn’t a fan. Learn more about HARDY and check out an acoustic session from his last trip to New York City in our video above. 

Next up was Matt Stell who not only performed his back-to-back number-one singles “Prayed for You” and “Everywhere But On” but also included a video package that surely brought the audience to tears featuring his proud mother. Stell’s mix of rock and country and his stage presence absolutely earned him a spot in the five artists featured. Check out our Swag Session with Matt Stell in the video below.

Tenille Arts, one of our 2021 Artists to Watch, showcased her vocal prowess and catchy lyrics with tracks from her most recent album including “Everybody Knows Everybody”, and her current top 15 radio single “Somebody Like That”. She also performed her latest release, “Give It To Me Straight” and her personality and her talent glittered just like her gorgeous hand-decorated guitar. 

Travis Denning was up next, his performance of his first number one song “After A Few” and his next radio single “ABBY” was electric, and he even dazzled attendees with a brand new song, “I’m Gonna Love You”. Denning joined us for a Swag Session in New York City. Revisit the interview and performance in the video below.

 

To close out an already remarkable evening of live music, Ashley McBryde, a current GRAMMY nominee brought her delicate vocals and honest storytelling to the stage. Starting her set with songs from her first album that put her on the map “Girl Goin Nowhere” and “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” she told the story of her journey so far in the industry. “One Night Standards” and “Martha Divine” from her current album Never Will showcased the magic she can bring to a room.

While we anxiously await the return of concerts and live music, it’s a positive thought to know that when we do all gather again, country artists have written and recorded some amazing music for us during this past year. 

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HARDY, Ashley McBryde and More Announced as 2021 CRS New Faces

Earlier today, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) officially announced the CRS 2020 New Faces of Country Music Class of 2021.

The CRS New Faces of Country Music is one of the most coveted showcases of the weekend that spotlights five emerging artists that have achieved significant success in the country genre. This year, Tenille Arts, Travis Denning, HARDY, Ashley McBryde, and Matt Stell were honored with the title.

New Faces CRS

 

For three years in a row, our team has had the pleasure of attending Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, where country music and radio industry gather to exchange ideas, check out new talent, and celebrate the country music genre. Although the 2021 seminar will be virtual, members of the country music and country radio community will still come together through technology to celebrate the year in music.

We highlighted Travis Denning back in 2018 when he was just hitting the scene and Matt Stell back in 2018 and was our first Swag Session in 2020. Watch both performances and interviews below.

We’ve also championed HARDY since he started releasing his own music as an artist/songwriter. His album Hixtape Vol. 1 made our 2019 Albums of the Year and we’ve loved watching his career explode.

CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 19.  The New Faces of Country Music® Show closes out the event on Friday, Feb. 19. 

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Nominees for CRS 2021 Virtual New Faces of Country Music Announced

The 2021 CRS New Faces of Country Music nominees have been revealed today, November 16th.

2021 New Faces of Country Music Nominees

For three years in a row, our team has had the pleasure of attending Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville, where country music and radio industry gather to exchange ideas, check out new talent, and celebrate the country music genre. Although the 2021 seminar will be virtual, members of the country music and country radio community will still come together through technology to celebrate the year in music.

The CRS New Faces of Country Music is one of the most coveted showcases of the weekend that spotlights five emerging artists that have achieved significant success at Country Radio. This year, nine deserving artists have been nominated for the honor, including Tenille Arts, Travis Denning, HARDY, Ryan Hurd, Ashley McBryde, Parker McCollum, Niko Moon, Jameson Rodgers, and Matt Stell.

Here at NYCountry Swag, we pride ourselves on being tastemakers and introducing our followers and country music fans to the freshest and newest talents in country music. We are proud to say that we have been able to interview most of the nominees, as well as, witness their talents in different capacities, and can honestly say that they all are deserving of the accolades. We even named Parker McCollum, Jameson Rodgers, and HARDY in our 2020 Artists to Watch.

CRS 2021: The Virtual Experience will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 19.  The New Faces of Country Music Show closes out the event on Friday, Feb. 19.

Voting for the Class of 2021 will open Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. CST and will run through the end of the day (11:59 p.m. CST), Friday, Dec. 4 at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.  The five acts with the most votes will make up the lineup for the show. To view the New Faces of Country Music® qualification criteria, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

We look forward to seeing which five artists make up the New Faces of Country Class of 2020, and we cannot wait for the showcase. In the meantime, check out our recap from our experience at Country Radio Seminar last year and watch our exclusive interviews and performances with each of the artists nominated below.

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NYCS First Impression: Ashley McBryde ‘Never Will’

Ashley McBryde Never Will

“Hang in there girl, you’re gonna be alright” – Ashley McBryde’s sophomore album Never Will kicks off with an anthem for those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed during this awful pandemic. The reigning ACM New Female Artist of the Year and CMA New Artist of the Year has been a poster child for determination, beating adversity and overcoming challenges thrown her way. Her breakout hit and title track from her first album, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” put her on the map as a traditional country artist with a rocking soul and she continues the narrative with Never Will, released everywhere today.

Dabbling in ominous humor, putting her vices on display, one night stands and even covering up a murder, McBryde co-writing the majority of the tracks has stamped her signature on Never Will. The debut single from the project, “One Night Standards” set the tone, a no holds barred collection of songs that will engage both the traditionalists and the modern country fans.

Sonically, smattering electric guitars carry most of the major songs, (“Martha Divine”, “Never Will”) adding to McBryde’s thrilling live performance while more tender, acoustic moments like “Velvet Red” and “Stone” are a sincere look into the delicate stories of smalltown living on the former and the loss of her brother to suicide on the latter.

“Stone” one of the most somber yet poignant songs on the record flips grief on its head, similarly to Miranda Lambert’s “Over You”. Instead of coloring the song with sadness, she stays in the lines of anger and resentment that one may feel after losing someone they loved. “You taught me all about which ones sink and which ones skip / There’s throwing ones / And rolling ones / Getting us to open up was like getting blood from one / the stepping kind / The steady kind  / The hey I’ve got your back ones you can stand behind.” Referencing the different stones one encounters throughout life, as well as the heartbreaking headstone.

McBryde addressed deciding to keep the April 3rd release date amidst all the uncertainty of these times, sharing with Tennessean “Music is the one thing that cannot be diminished, not by being quarantined, not by being indoors or outdoors. Music cannot be destroyed.”

The title track not only acts as an appropriate sequel to “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”, proving naysayers wrong about her career and her determination to remain authentic to herself but it showcases how her vocals command the listener. “They never did understand all the reasons we did it,” she sings, “I can point out the names and the faces of the people who said it / Oh but honestly I just don’t want ’em to get any credit.”

Wrapping the album with a silly yet heartfelt ode to all things “Styrofoam” McBryde shows a lighter side and her love for the container that keeps her beer cold. There is always the dreaded fear that most artists have of the ‘sophomore slump’, however, McBryde faces the challenge head-on, staking her claim that if you thought this girl was goin’ nowhere, you were wrong.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

Never Will is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

NYCS Picks:

  1. “Sparrow”
  2. “Martha Divine”
  3. “Stone”
Never Will Track Listing:
  1. “Hang In There Girl” (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Bussey)
  2. “One Night Standards” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally)
  3. “Shut Up Sheila” (Nicolette Hayford, Charles Chisholm)
  4. “First Thing I Reach For” (Ashley McBryde, Randall Clay, Mick Holland)
  5. “Voodoo Doll” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
  6. “Sparrow” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
  7. “Martha Divine” (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Spillman)
  8. “Velvet Red” (Ashley McBryde, Patrick Savage, Daniel Smalley)
  9. “Stone” (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford)
  10. “Never Will” (Ashley McBryde, Chris Harris, Blue Foley, Matt Helmkamp, Christian Sancho, Victor Quinn Hill)
  11. “Styrofoam” (Randall Clay)

 

 

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Watch Ashley McBryde’s New Music Videos Full Of Twisted Events

Ashley McBryde Music Videos

Ashley McBryde is undoubtedly one of the most daring up-and-coming female country artists, who not only has a vulnerable yet powerful voice that turns heads, but spunk and personality to match. With her 2017 debut single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega”, McBryde successfully introduced herself as a polished and confident artist, securing her place on country radio. The lyrics solidified her well-deserved spot even more by taking part in the songwriting process among Jesse Rice and Nicolette Hayford. “Girl Going Nowhere” soon followed, alongside her debut album, which acted as the title track and single-handedly won the hearts of America during the 2019 ACM Awards.

The Arkansas native took some time off from releasing new music until a new single titled “One Night Standards” came out in August. Though there’s nothing small about this track, it goes against all the love songs that country music is so known for.

The chorus reads: “It’s just a room key / You ain’t gotta lie to me / Can’t you just use me like I’m using you? / How it goes is, bar closes / There’s no king bed covered in roses / Just a room without a view / I don’t want a number you ain’t gonna answer / Let’s just stick to the one night standards”. The honesty within the track overrides the shame of inviting an almost stranger to share a night together. But there is no shame depicted, rather McBryde presents it as a natural response to loneliness with “I ain’t gonna say I never do this / ‘cause truth is, lonely makes a heart ruthless”.

The video adds to the already gutsy song with a heavy, complex storyline that involves cheating and murder. McBryde acts as the desk receptionist at a motel while a strangely paired couple books a room and things get…intense, to say the least. Interestingly enough, the supporting roles within the video are not given a voice, everything is muted to give the lyrics their weight, which is surprisingly effective. You are able to feel the anger, uneasiness, and anxiety despite the lack of sound coming from the story displayed on the screen. Still, the viewers are given a spoonful of thrill and horror, something you wouldn’t normally find in a music video, and yet the entertainment is much appreciated.

“Martha Divine” acts as the second half to the “One Night Standards” music video which ended with a “to be continued”. The series of storytelling through many songs not only practically guarantees returning viewers, but it also creates a deeper connection to the material by building these 3-dimensional characters. Take a listen to the new track, grab some popcorn, and prepare yourself for the continued anguish of the unflattering deed that is getting rid of a corpse.

First off, the lyrics are vengeful and resentful while a layer of self-justification is involved in defending the, deemed reasonable, reaction to discovering your dad with another woman. “You put your hands on the wrong damn man this time / Jezebel, you’re bound for Hell / But evidently, the devil was busy so I moved you up in line, Martha Divine” showcases the guilt-free attitude of those participants of the vicious crime. It’s similar to “Two Black Cadillacs” by Carrie Underwood with the honorable stance these ladies take in seeking revenge, no matter the delicate balance of morale and imprisonment possibilities.

The video takes an interesting twist by opening at the same hotel as the “One Night Standards” music video with all the characters as if no time as passed since the making of it. This creates a pretty dense layer of suspense, with help from the steady, thick beat of the song. The one difference is that the camera focuses on the mistress’ signature, Martha Divine while checking into the room which is clever, for obvious reasons. “Martha Divine” is the same story as the previous track, set from a slightly different perspective, the daughters. McBryde sings from the young girls’ perspective with “Momma’s an angel / My daddy isn’t / Looks like a little more rubbed off on me that didn’t” as an indication of the narrator (McBryde) telling a story rather than herself playing an important role in the action. The identical production of the two different songs is somehow more satisfying than continuing the story and revealing how the night ends up with all of its foul glory.

“Martha Divine” goes along with McBryde’s feisty approach that is apparent in a wide selection of her songs. Despite the toughness, her voice is commonly paired with this raw, bittersweet sentiment to it in the more stripped-down tracks such as “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “The Jacket”. This artist is versatile with her vocal abilities and succeeds whether the level of spunk overrides the vulnerability within the song or not. Ashley McBryde is one to look out for because of the broad range of messages her song stories convey as well as her tendency to tell a story in one song and speak true, personal lyrics in another.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Martha Divine” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Ashley McBryde Drops New Single “One Night Standards”

Ashley McBryde One Night Standards

Ashley McBryde has returned with yet another heartfelt, delicate aria; the first taste of a new project after the release of her highly acclaimed debut, Girl Going Nowhere. The Arkansas-native publicized the news on the same day she was announced as a nominee for “New Artist of the Year” at this year’s CMA Awards. Fellow musician, “Best Shot” singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen announced her nomination while McBryde blissfully confessed the details of her newest single, “One Night Standards,” the first single of her forthcoming sophomore album pending a release date in 2020.

The “Girl Going Nowhere” singer-songwriter has never been shy when discussing authentic content in her music. “One Night Standards,” written by McBryde, Shane McAnally, and Nicolette Hayford, divulges in the ground rules set for a boisterous, guilt-free night spent in a nondescript hotel room. The less known about one another, the better. McBryde dabbled around with the idea with Hayford in a writer’s room in East Nashville, “It ain’t something, I wanna spend a lot of time in, I ain’t gonna stay for the weekend..” before reintroducing the idea to McAnally a mere two years later when the trio released they had something special. “We had to walk away from it to give it a second to breathe,” she now reflects in a press release. “When we got back in a room, this time Shane [McAnally] was with us and I joked, ‘You know, hotel rooms…they only have one night stand for a reason. They’re one night stand-ers.’ Shane and Nic’s eyes lit up, ‘Did you just say one night standards?’”

The “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” artist communicates the priority of not wanting nor expecting more than a one night fling singing: “It’s just a room key, you ain’t gotta lie to me / Can’t you just use me, like I’m using you / How it goes is, the bar closes / There’s no king bed covered in roses / Just a room, without a view / I don’t want a number you ain’t gonna answer / Let’s just stick to the one night standards”

McBryde debuted “One Night Standards” at her CMA Fan Club Party and the relevance of this heavily influenced bluesy, country rock anthem is apposite to all. She will continue to premiere her new single on her upcoming tour dates, as well as her appearances in the UK.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“One Night Standards” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

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Ashley McBryde and Dillon Carmichael Duet on “Tennessee Whiskey”

Ashley McBryde Dillon Carmichael Tennessee Whiskey

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.

To keep up with Ashley McBryde follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and to keep up with Dillon Carmichael follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

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Ashley McBryde Opens Up About Pursuing Her Dreams in CBS Interview

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Ashley McBryde with co-writer of “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “Livin’ Next to Leroy,” Nicolette Hayford, on CBS This Morning (Monday, April 1, 2019)

In an emotional yet inspiring interview with “CBS This Morning,” Ashley McBryde talks all matters related to her struggle to make it in the music industry, family disapproval of her career choice, and the ultimate passion she has for music. It began with a clip of Carrie Underwood surprising McBryde with a phone call announcing “You miss, are the ACM New Female Artist of the Year,” ahead of this Sunday’s award’s show. Not only is McBryde already a winner, but she is also up for Female Artist of the Year, and she will be performing on the big stage in Las Vegas alongside Eric Church on Sunday.

McBryde has come a long way to finally earn her spot in country music. The road was not always easy, as it took her many years playing in dive bars and keeping her head up when no one believed she could make it her way. When trying to break into the country music industry, McBryde was told to lose weight and to look a certain way, and she was not about to give into that. The singer-songwriter decided instead to put pen to paper and write about it. McBryde says one of her rules when it comes to writing is, “Don’t write anything down until somebody cries – we like to dive deep.”

Her incredible ability to create an emotional connection and tell a story through her lyrics is what took her from living in small-town Arkansas, all the way to Nashville and the top of the country music charts. One song in particular, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” talks about keepin’ on when no one else believes in you. McBryde admits, “I don’t know that I’ve written one more important than ‘Girl Goin’ Nowhere’ – yet.” That particular title track to her highly successful debut album Girl Going Nowhere landed her a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album.

McBryde’s favorite and most personal song on Girl Going Nowhere is “Bible and a .44” about her father. McBryde’s father did not approve of her being in the music industry and felt that it was no place for his daughter. In fact, he told her, “Promise me that when you’ve made your money you’ll go to medical school.” Her father is a doctor, and a farmer who is currently fighting a degenerative disease. McBryde admits, “I am careful the things I share with him because it is important to me and its not always important to him,” and would assure her Dad, “I’m not just playing bars anymore, I’m playing arenas, we’re traveling the world.” His response was, “I’m proud ‘for’ ya, didn’t say ‘of’ ya.” A teary McBryde admits, “everybody wants their Pop to be proud of them.” Fortunately, McBryde sought encouragement from her mother who believed in her wholeheartedly, and through writing music and performing she continued her journey to stardom.

Now it’s time for McBryde to pay it forward, she says “More times than I’ve got yes, I’ve got no.” She lovingly gives advice, “if anybody has told you not to passionately pursue what sets your soul on fire – they are wrong, don’t you dare give up and if you do, you better not let me find out about it.” McBryde hopes that her fans can relate to her lyrics and songs, as writing them and performing are like therapy for her. The passion for music radiates through McBryde, as she says, “This is the only thing I know how to do and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability, and when the level ups itself, I will up myself to that level,” and it is safe to say there is no slowing down one of the most admirable and talked about artists in country music today.

To keep up with McBryde follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Top Country Songs Inspired By Clothing

Thomas Rhett T Shirt

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When it comes to some of the coolest clothes in country music, you can look no further than NYCountry Swag. I mean, have you seen our new baseball caps?! Since NYCS has our own brand of country music inspired merchandise, we started thinking about the correlation between country music and clothes and came up with a list of our favorite songs about articles of clothing.

From “Red High Heels” to “Pink Sunglasses” and from “T-Shirt” to “The Jacket,” here are some of our favorite country songs about clothing.

1. Thomas Rhett: T-Shirt

On “T-Shirt,” Thomas Rhett celebrates young love, reckless nights, and the morning after one of those wild nights. “Next thing I know you were wearing my T-Shirt right there,” Rhett sings. “Your hair messed up like a Guns-N-Roses video.” “T-Shirt” hit number one on the Country Airplay charts and appeared on Rhett’s 2015 album Tangled Up. The fun piece of country-pop perfection was written by superstar writers, Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally.

2. Ashley McBryde: The Jacket

2018 was a huge breakout year for Ashley McBryde on the heels of her album Girl Going Nowhere featuring songs like “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” and “American Scandal.” However, arguably the most personal track on the album is “The Jacket,” co-written by McBryde, Olivia Rudeen, and Neal Coty. On the autobiographical track, McBryde sings about her father and an old denim jacket that “has seen better days,” but has experienced more than most people, including “2,000 bonfires, a hitchhike to Boulder,” and that has “seen Willie Nelson in four or five states.” Sadly, the star of this song was stolen from McBryde in October 2017 when someone broke into her truck in East Nashville while she was away playing a show.

3. Dylan Scott: Ball Cap

On “Ball Cap,” Dylan Scott celebrates the way his girl looks in one of his beloved baseball caps. While the girl “don’t know a thing about the Braves” and “could care less about the game,” Scott admits that he “wore it all the time, but it’s never been worn like that.” The twangy, up-tempo track appeared on Scott’s debut self-titled album and was co-written by Scott, Cassidy Lynn Alexander, and Forest Whitehead.

4. Miranda Lambert: Pink Sunglasses

Written by Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, and Rodney Clawson, Miranda Lambert’s “Pink Sunglasses” is a moment of levity on 2016’s double album, The Weight of These Wings. Lambert’s sunglasses may have only been $9.99, but prove that an impulse purchase may sometimes be the best thing that happens to someone. “In my pink sunglasses, always makes the world a little better,” Lambert sings. “You can try ’em any time you need a change of weather.”

5. Kellie Pickler: Red High Heels

In 2006, Kellie Pickler released Small Town Girl, featuring the hit single “Red High Heels,” strutting her way right into the hearts of country music fans. While she may have finished sixth on the fifth season of American Idol, Pickler parlayed that into a music career thanks to her debut single about a girl’s favorite pair of shoes. Written by Pickler, Christopher March Lindsey, Karyn Rochelle, and Aimee Mayo, “Red High Heels” is about a girl leaving a no-good guy in the sassiest way possible. “Well, you can watch me walk if you want to, want to, I’ll bet you want me back now, don’t you, don’t you?” Pickler sings, “I’m about to show you just how missin’ me feels in my red high heels.”

6. Jerrod Niemann: Blue Bandana

On 2015’s “Blue Bandana,” Jerrod Niemann pay homage to music’s favorite festivals and unique attire. Written by Ben Goldsmith, CJ Solar, and Andrew Scott Wills, “Blue Bandana” would not have sounded out of place on a Kenny Chesney record. It’s a light, summery tune about a girl sporting a blue bandana who Niemann meets at Merle Fest. While Niemann declines the chance to accompany her on her “gyspy dream” festival-hopping, he spends his time in his “beat up van,” and “driving across the land, looking for a blue bandana.”

7. Jon Pardi: Cowboy Hat

“Cowboy Hat” is the second track on Jon Pardi’s 2016 album, California Sunrise, and it’s a fun country tune celebrating the genre’s most famous accessory. Co-written by Pardi, Brett Beavers, and Bart Butler, the song is an ode to a girl who looks good in nothing but Pardi’s hat. With his traditional style and southern twang, on “Cowboy Hat,” Pardi croons for her to “come a little closer, give me some of that, Baby, you look so good, in nothing but my cowboy hat.”

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Ashley McBryde Entertains The Crowd at Gramercy Theatre

Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde is the real deal. She proved it last night at The Gramercy Theatre in NYC to a packed house full of fans ready to spend their Wednesday singing along to hits like “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” and “American Scandal.”

Girl Goin’ Nowhere is Mcbryde’s first headlining tour but you would never know it because she is truly talented both in her storytelling and her vocals. The singer-songwriter opened the show with up with “Livin’ Next to Leroy” followed by upbeat” El Dorado,” before slowing things down and telling us a personal story about a memorable belonging of her father’s with “The Jacket.” McBryde has a classic country flare and a laid back wittiness that kept the crowd entertained all the way through.

Ashley McBryde

Gracious as can be with a sense of humor to boot, she fed off of the audience’s energy and genuinely was having an amazing time with the crowd. “I know you can be anywhere tonight but you choose to be here at my show,” she said, showing her appreciation for the fans.

The crowd sang every lyric to hit songs “Tired of Being Happy,” and “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” which McBryde shared was actually inspired by a real bar and life events. She even had some fun covering Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere, Man” changing up some of the lyrics and adding her own hilarious touch. Closing out the night, there was an awesome singalong to “American Scandal” and McBryde and her band thanked the New York City country fans one last time.

McBryde is a girl going somewhere, that’s for sure and she has already made a lasting impact on country music. She continues her tour tonight at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and into early 2019. Check out the rest of the tour dates here: http://www.ashleymcbryde.com/tour.

Setlist:
Livin’ Next to Leroy
El Dorado
The Jacket
Lookin’ for a Buzz
Radioland
Home Sweet Highway
Bible and A .44
Redemption
Amanda (Waylon Jennings cover)
I’ve Been Everywhere, Man (Johnny Cash cover)
Girl Goin’ Nowhere
Rattlesnake Preacher
A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega
What If We Don’t
Closed Curtain
Tired of Being Happy
Encore:
Southern Babylon
American Scandal

 

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