Ashley McBryde was born in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. She began playing her father’s guitar as a kid, and after attending Arkansas State University, she self-released one album. In 2007, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to become a country music singer, and won the Country Showdown in both 2009 and 2010. She self-released a second album in 2011, and began touring the Southern United States with various artists. An EP titled Jalopies & Expensive Guitars followed in 2016. Singer Eric Church discovered McBryde’s music, and invited her onstage to perform with him at one of his concerts.
Her song “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” was named one of the 54 Best Songs of 2017 by The New York Times, and one of the Top 25 Best Country Songs of 2017 by Rolling Stone The song was released via Warner Bros. Records Nashville, to which she signed in September 2017. McBryde’s debut album Girl Going Nowhere, produced by Jay Joyce, was released on March 30, 2018.