The great thing about catching a show in Nashville (you know, if you can dodge the drunks on pedal taverns and bachelorette parties) is you never know who is gonna show up.
And it makes sense… most country artists in the mainstream live in, or around, Nashville. Same goes for artists in the Texas scene. You never know who is gonna show up at Billy Bob’s on any given night.
Last night, Ashley McBryde kicked off three straight nights at the Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music.
And among the hits and the fan favorites, Ashley treated fans to a special performance of The Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider,” featuring none other than Eric Church.
A full circle moment.
If you remember back to 2017, Eric brought Ashley McBryde on stage to perform her song “Bible And A .44”during his Holdin’ My Own Tour stop in Chicago. She was relatively unknown at the time, but Eric promised us that was all about to change.
“I mentioned I had a guest and there’s a young lady here who I have become a massive fan of and you guys are gonna be a massive fan of her real soon. She’s just starting this journey of her career and she’s unquestionable my favorite artist out right now that’s not out yet, but she will be real soon.
So I invited her to come out and just here and I are gonna do an acoustic song that she wrote. And she’s a whiskey drinking badass, that’s what she is… please make welcome miss Ashley McBryde.”
And he was right.
So flashforward to last night, Ashley is now a three-time Grammy nominee, and just sold out three straight nights for her Ryman Auditorium debut. So it was only right that she bring out Eric Church and return the favor.
Pretty damn cool.
And while we’re talking about “Bible And A .44,” here ya go: