Ashley McBryde, Dolly Parton; Photos by Andrew Wendowski
Ashley McBryde, Dolly Parton; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Ashley McBryde Says She Avoids Dolly Parton As She Nearly Set Her House On Fire Several Years Ago

Ashley McBryde said she avoids Dolly Parton following an incident several years ago where she accidentally started a microwave fire at Parton’s house.

The “Never Will” singer shared more about the embarrassing moment she endured with Audacy’s Rob Stone and Holly Hutton during this year’s Faster Horses Music Festival (July 22).

“I’ve managed to avoid saying stupid things to Dolly lately because I just walk the other direction,” McBryde admitted to Stone and Hutton before explaining more about the incident. 

“I caught her microwave on fire,” she continued. “I got this gig, they were remodeling her lake house and my job was to stay there with her niece who was my buddy. We were supposed to stay there and let the wallpaper guys in and out and just do that kind of thing.”

“I do take the blame for [the fire] because I’m the one who removed the on-fire microwave out of the house, but it was honestly her niece. She stuck a whole box of bagel bites in there, like, in the box and then ‘beep,’ there it goes in a freshly wallpapered room,” she said.

Despite accidentally starting the fire and losing her gig, McBryde didn’t completely get the raw end of the deal. “I lost my job, but Dolly gave me the microwave,” McBryde revealed. “She knew that I was poor and didn’t have one.”

Following that one embarrassing incident, things have gone a lot better for McBryde.

McBryde announced on Jul. 13 that she would be returning to the stage to perform a few already scheduled tour dates after a brief hiatus. “I’ll be back on the road this weekend and am so excited to see you all!,” McBryde said, later adding, “Thank you for the outpouring of love and support.”

McBryde released her most recent album, Never Will back in 2020. Earlier this year, she scored a No. 1 song at country radio for her Carly Pearce collaboration, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.”

McBryde is currently on the road for her This Town Talks Tour, which runs through Sep. 2 in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition, McBryde will play some more festivals, including Seven Peaks Festival 2022 in early September and Country Thunder Florida 2022 in mid-October.

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