For someone who was seemingly an “overnight sensation,” it sure took Ashley McBryde a whole lot of gigs to get where she is today.
She was a songwriter and played drive bars all across the country for 11 years before having much commercial success. She’s now nominated for a Grammy and has toured with Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, Hank Jr., Luke Combs and Eric Church. Not bad for the “Girl Going Nowhere” eh?
I had the pleasure of being in the crowd for Ashley and Luke’s Ryman Auditorium debut last February and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. From watching her on stage and listening to her music you can sense how much it means to her and it feels like you’ve actually gotten to know her better in just 3 minutes, 20 seconds.
This video opens with Ashley in London, telling the crowd about the time an old lady paid her $20 to sing Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Ashley says “for a $20 bill I would’ve gone to her house and sang it at that time.”
The entire song is basically a tongue twister of town names and after taking 2.5 hours to learn just the first verse she decided to give her own spin on the second and third, changing the second verse to “I Like Every Beer” and the third to “I Like Every Drink Man,” and that became what we have here.