Already dubbed an “Arkansas red-clay badass” by Rolling Stone, Ashley McBryde arrives at country radio this week as the most added new artist and most added female with her debut Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.” The track, which hit No. 1 on SirusXM’s The Highway Top 30 earlier this year, describes finding a much-needed musical pick-me-up in an unexpected place.
Co-written alongside Nicolette Hayford and Jesse Rice, the single has already earned praise from some of the most influential outlets in the country. The New York Times claimed, “What makes ‘A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega’ transcend is songwriting, songwriting, songwriting… It’s intelligently constructed and casually delivered, full of rich imagery… potent singalong moments… and words throbbing with outright lustrous feeling.” Following her recent World Café Nashville session, Ann Powers of NPR described McBryde as having “one of those voices that might belong to your sister or your best friend – if your sister or your best friend could belt like Loretta Lynn and croon like Reba McEntire.”
“Being embraced by country radio is so incredibly humbling!” said McBryde. “I'm hanging on with both hands. It's a wild journey and I couldn't be more grateful to be on it.”
No stranger to the stage, McBryde has already toured with some of the biggest names in country music, including Chris Stapleton and Eric Church. In conjunction with her early success with “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” the singer/songwriter will set off on select dates of the Sirius XM Presents The Highway Finds Tour alongside label mates High Valley this Wednesday, October 18 in Washington D.C. Her eight cross-country dates will continue into November and include stops in New York and Nashville.