I’m sure I’m not the only one who was happy when Arkansas native/Nashville based singer songwriter Ashley McBride recently announced that her new album “ Girl Goin’ Nowhere” will drop on 30th March. Released on Warner Nashville and with Jay Joyce ( Eric Church, Little Big Town, Brandy Clark) producing there will be eleven tracks, you can pre-order it right now and it will also be out on vinyl!
Ashley already has a solid fan base particularly in the States and over the years has established herself as one of the finest writers in Nashville, she was named by Rolling Stone last May as one of their ten new country artists you need to know. As well as her own shows she has opened for the likes of as Chris Stapleton and Willie Nelson ( she is currently on tour with Luke Combs) but it was probably her recent single “ Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” that brought her to many people’s attention and this is one of the four tracks available to download immediately on pre-order of her latest release
Listening to this and the other three tracks it seems that Joyce is giving her music a slightly rockier edge than we have heard on her previous releases, guitar featuring strongly with some killer solos.
But Ashley’s vocals and writing are still thankfully to the fore, no more so in her new single, the touching ballad “American Scandal” about an illicit affair that she wants to continue, referencing Monroe and Kennedy and pleading with her lover to “kiss me like you don’t care who knows”.
The album’s title track is a soft, reflective ballad with some haunting steel about following your dreams whatever others may say to try to deter you….apparently a teacher once told her that her hopes of being a songwriter in Nashville would never materialise. I wonder if they are following her career these days! “I hear the crowd, I look around and I can’t find one empty chair, not bad for a girl goin’ nowhere” she sings in the chorus.
The final song immediately available kind of surprised me with its message, not to say that I don’t think it’s a great write!! Seeing her ex all loved up with a new partner ( she instigated the break up) she tells him she’s still around for him when he’s “Tired of Being Happy” . Which will probably happen as she tells us that “no one knows like I do you can’t settle for settling down” and warns that “ I’ve never wrecked a home , but don’t put it past me”. A slow tempo, bluesy track with an infectious and soaring chorus.
What has been revealed so far makes me really excited about the rest of this album, and hopefully we’ll get to hear some of the songs live when Ashley is over in the UK in March for C2C. Oh and apparently she’s doing some writing with two other insanely talented people, Terri Clark and Erin Enderlin, at the moment….can’t wait to see what that produces!
Looks like far from going nowhere, this lady of country is definitely going places, and of course what I’m really hoping for is a full UK tour this year, maybe after her Summer festival dates back home.