Ashley McBryde Compares Choosing Songs to ‘Celebrity Death Match’
Ashley McBryde said in a recent interview that when she and her band got together to pick the right songs for her upcoming album, The Devil I Know, it was a bit like an old MTV show. She said that they wound up with 30 to 90 songs for the album out on September 7. She whittled that number down to 11 songs for the album.
Ashley explained that she and her band get together in the “purple building in East Nashville,” where they listen to iPhone work tapes and begin to “chart” what they have. McBryde said picking songs is similar to MTV’s Celebrity Death Match from the late 1990s and early 2000s. She noted, “It was like Claymation celebrities fighting. That’s what we do with my songs.”
In the same interview, Ashley shared how she has stayed “herself” through the music business in Nashville. She said that everyone around you is telling you who to be and how to act, and the most important thing is to be yourself. McBryde said, “That’s when you go, ‘I’m just gonna do what I do.'”
Ashley recently announced a new headlining tour, “The Devil I Know Tour,” which will play 30 dates, including a return to the U.K. next January.
Before Ashley was a headliner, she opened for a number of country superstars, including Miranda Lambert, on the 2018 “Living Like Hippies” tour. Jon Pardi was also on the tour. It began on January 18, 2018, in Greenville, South Carolina, and ended on June 17, 2018, in Grand Junction, Colorado.
McBryde told me about the tour after it kicked off. She said of Lambert, “She was so good to us. Every night, we had a gift. The first night, we had onesies, so Jon Pardi got a dinosaur outfit, I got a teddy bear outfit, and Miranda had a unicorn.”
She added, “And then the next night was flowers and candles and beer. I’ve never seen a headliner do that.”