Ashley McBryde’s concept album Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville is one of my favorite albums of this year.
I love when music tells a relatable story even if it’s told in an absurd way, and I think this album does this perfectly, especially for anyone who grew up in one of those small towns where everyone knew everybody else’s business.
One of my favorite songs off of the album though is “Bonfire at Tina’s,” which features Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark, and Pillbox Patti.
The song has got those classic revenge vibes that make up some of the best female country songs. But what makes this song stand out is that it acknowledges that a lot of time women (especially small-town women) are pitted against each other, yet when push comes to shove, they will show up to support each other:
“Small town women ain’t built to get along
But you burn one, boy, you burn us all
We’ll be here drinking ’til the smoke is gone”
I will say that the song itself more alludes to the act of revenge than the music video because if you just go off the lyrics, the women are simply drinking at Tina’s and vowing to be there for one another if one of them falls:
“And when it’s gone to ashes, we’ll be laughing, fall down drunk
If we fall down on our asses, hell, we’ll pick each other up”
The music video does take it one step further by having the women hatch a plan to steal the car of the boy who burned one of them and having… a literal bonfire at Tina’s using the car at the center of it.
We get to see all of the women throwing their own items like hats, stuffed animals, and a marriage certificate that most likely have some sort of sentimental value with the guy who hurt them into the fire.
The song is fun, and the music video is honestly pretty cathartic to watch.
Gotta love seeing women do some property damage for revenge.