Surprise Guest Eric Church Joins McBryde on Stage for a
Special Rendition of Allman Brothers Band’s “Midnight Rider”
This Town Talks Tour Continues Through January 2022
Four-time GRAMMY nominee Ashley McBryde launched her sold out three-night headlining debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium Thursday, Aug. 26, opening a cappella with never-released-or-recorded rollicking hymnal “Ain’t Enough Water,” before her band Deadhorse kicked in for what followed: a full-throttle, fist-pumping hour-and-half set.
“It’s a beautiful night for country music,” McBryde said, beaming. “Here’s what you’re gonna experience: some country songs, some rock songs; some happy ones, maybe some sad ones; some slow ones, some fast ones and some half-ass ones,” the Arkansas-native noted after “El Dorado.” “Let’s get on with it!”
As the crowd rejoiced alongside her, she launched into “American Scandal” from her Warner Music Nashville debut album Girl Going Nowhere, and the at-capacity crowd was reminded why Billboard frequently uses the word “authentic” when describing the singer/songwriter and expert storyteller.
Only six songs in, she teed up her GRAMMY nominated “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” forced to take a few steps back from her microphone throughout the performance to take in the crowd’s reaction to her line “I hear the crowd,” eventually composing herself before continuing.
The night’s opening act Lainey Wilson, an up-and-comer with Top 5 hit “Things A Man Oughta Know,” also returned to the stage joining McBryde on the Linda Ronstadt/The Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.” McBryde sharing prior to their collaboration, “How about a nice round of applause for our sister, we’re so proud to have her!”
Occasionally pausing to survey and absorb the energy of the audience, McBryde shared, “Here’s one of my other favorite reasons to love country music, live music period. For as long as I stand here, as long as Lainey stands here, as long as you stand or sit here, nothing else gets to matter. For 90 minutes, I’ve got no problems. There’s nothing else in this world that can accomplish not giving a shit that doesn’t come in a bottle or a pill. Country music, it only elevates. So, if you had a great day today, we’re so happy you chose us to celebrate with, and if you had a shit day today, you leave the rest of that to us.”
And with the crowd celebrating McBryde in full control, she then surprised the audience with a special guest, simply introducing him saying: “Eric F*cking Church.”
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year was met with thunderous applause before the pair closed out the set with a performance of the Allman Brothers Band’s classic, “Midnight Rider,” creating a full-circle moment from early in McBryde’s career when Church invited her onstage at a Chicago tour stop in 2017 to perform the emotive, fan-favorite “Bible and a .44” together.
As that song followed, Church watched on from side stage with pride.
McBryde ended night one at the Ryman with the bluesy Girl Going Nowhere closer, “Home Sweet Highway,” a fitting encore closer as McBryde and her band celebrate being back out on the road after being away from “home” for more than 15 months.
“And that’s the show,” McBryde, still beaming. “This is the perfect time to remind you: you didn’t show up to the Ryman Auditorium tonight because we were going to be here, we showed up tonight because you were going to be here.”
Catch McBryde at one of the 23 additional dates on her This Town Talks Tour, wrapping in early 2022.
Upcoming This Town Talks Tour Dates
Aug. 27, 2021 Ryman Auditorium w/ Caylee Hammack Nashville, Tenn.
Aug. 28, 2021 Ryman Auditorium w/ Caitlyn Smith Nashville, Tenn.
Sept. 2, 2021 The Pageant
Sept. 3, 2021 Bogart’s
Sept. 16, 2021 The Sylvee
Sept. 22, 2021 The Wilma
Sept. 23, 2021 Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox Spokane, Wash.~
Sept. 25, 2021 Showbox
Sept. 26, 2021 Roseland Theater
Sept. 29, 2021 Ace of Spades
Oct. 3, 2021 House of Blues
Oct. 5, 2021 The Wiltern
Oct. 13, 2021 Ogden Theatre
Nov. 12, 2021 The Eastern
Nov. 13, 2021 Tivoli Theatre
Nov. 14, 2021 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, N.C.+
Dec. 8, 2021 Riviera Theater Chicago, Ill.+
Dec. 11, 2021 ` Mississippi Moon Bar
Dec. 12, 2021 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, Ind.+
Jan. 6, 2022 Brown Theatre
Jan. 7, 2022 Roxian Theatre
Jan. 8, 2022 The National
Jan. 13, 2022 20 Monroe Live
Jan. 14, 2022 The Fillmore
Jan. 15, 2022 Agora Theater
*Morgan Wade as support | ^Adam Hambrick as support | +Priscilla Block as support |
~Ray Fulcher as support | #Support to be announced