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Ashley McBryde at Saint Andrew's Hall, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Her upcoming album's called "Never Will," but Ashley McBryde surely can.

The country singer and songwriter from Arkansas has released three albums and an EP since 2006 and scored a Top 40 hit with "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega" in 2017. She's been the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year and the Academy of Country Music's New Female Vocalist of the year, and McByrde, 36, has also been nominated for a pair of of Grammy Awards.

"Never Will" has been preceded by the singles "One Night Standards" and "Martha Divine," whose videos are part of a storyline about a crime of passion that will continue on future clips as the album makes its way into the world on April 3...

McBryde has been into music "since I was itty bitty," she says by phone. "I'm the youngest of six kids and none of them wanted to play with me, so I would make things up, stories and songs. I'd sing to my mom the things I'd done that way -- four, five years old, and if I spilled the sugar I'd sing about it to her. I was 12 when I wrote a song that had form to it; That made her step back and go, 'Oh, you wrote a song!' when I was little I played mandolin and at nine I layed guitar. I became a songwriter just out of needing to entertain myself."

McBryde says that after the success of 2018's "Girl Going Nowhere," her first major label album, she wanted "Never Will" to demonstrate everything she and her band can do. "Our first record was such a good shot of where we were at at that time, so I wanted to do the same thing here. We have our rock anthem. We have our happy song. We have our sad song. If we didn't have something we wanted to be on there we went back and wrote one. Some of the songs on the record I"ve had for five, six years, some were written the day before we cut the record. As a band we don't write towards anything; We just make the best music we know how to make on a daily basis and gather the best of those to go on the record."

The video saga that's accompanying "Never Will" was created after the album was finished, McBryde says. "We listened to it to see if there was anything in common among the songs, if we could link everything together. I've always wanted to do that, like a mini-movie. It wasn't that hard. We had all the characters in the songs and started linking them together. We took 'Martha Divine' and drew the arrow to 'One Night Standards' and went from there. It's been a lot of fun."

Ashley McBryde brings her One Night Standards Tour for one night only on Friday, March 6, at Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Avalon Black opens. Doors at 8:30 p.m. Sold out. 313-961-8137 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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