You’d be hard-pressed to pick a single favorite song on this new John Anderson tribute album, but Ashley McBryde’s cover of “Straight Tequila Night” is definitely up there for me.
The new tribute record, Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, just dropped on Friday, and features a stacked list of artists like John Prine, Sierra Ferrell, Brent Cobb, Nathaniel Rateliff, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Tyler Childers, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Tyler Childers, Luke Combs, Sturgill Simpson, Brothers Osborne, Del McCoury & Sierra Hull, Ashley McBryde, and Jamey Johnson.
Seriously, it’s one of the best tribute albums I’ve ever heard, mostly because of the aforementioned great variety of incredible artists across the country, folk, and bluegrass genres.
And Ashley covered one of John’s signature tunes, “Straight Tequila Night,” which is absolutely fantastic. Of course, the girl could sing the phone book and make it sound like a #1 hit, and this is no exception.
She slowed down the production a little bit more than the original and the fiddle is mostly absent here, but it’s fun to hear this one from a woman’s perspective, and there’s something so authentic about Ashley lending her voice to this song in particular.
Written by Debbie Hupp and Kent Robbin, John released the song as the second single from his 1992 Seminole Wind album, and it ultimately became a smash hit, peaking at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
As a tequila-lovin’ girl (unfortunately), I’ve always had a special place in my heart for “Straight Tequila Night,” and this version’s gonna be on repeat for a while:
“Straight Tequila Night”