Ashley McBryde Shines With Captivating Performance At CMA Fest: A True Country Music Moment

The GRAMMY award-winning country star proved that the future of Country music is in good hands with her meaningful performance. 

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Andrew Wendowski

Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on July 19, 2023

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Ashley McBryde; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Ashley McBryde showcased the essence of country music – three chords and the truth – during her captivating CMA Fest performance through a heartfelt rendition of her latest single, “Light On In The Kitchen.”

Strumming an acoustic guitar, the GRAMMY award-winning country star proved that the future of Country music is in good hands with her meaningful performance. 

Donning a white shirt complete with silver rhinestones and jeans, McBryde effortlessly belted out the lyrics to the fan-favorite tune. 

Watch Ashley McBryde’s “Light On In The Kitchen” Performance Below

The Arkansas native, known for releasing honest songs about her life, teamed up with Connie Harrington and Jessi Alexander to write the recently released tune in honor of the strong women in their lives who are always there to offer words of comfort and advice, no matter what. 

Their honest words of wisdom are expressed throughout the lyrics. 

“Always check the door before you lay down/ Keep a glass of water by the bed/ A dose of local honey/ Will keep your nose from running/ Little things like that she’s always said/ Never back up farther than you have to/ And pray for those that don’t have a prayer,” McBryde sings on the first verse. 

Ashley McBryde; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Ashley McBryde; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Ashley McBryde goes on to reflect on the advice she carries with her and the reassuring notion that someone is always in your corner, even at times when you may not believe in yourself.  

“Honey trust yourself/ You better love yourself/ Cause ‘till you do/ You ain’t no good for anybody else/ And honey boys are dumb/ But you’re gonna find you one/ You’ll love him hard/ And bless your heart/ You’ll need someone to listen/ That’s why I leave a light on in the kitchen,” she sings. 

Ashley McBryde 'The Devil I Know' Album Art
Ashley McBryde ‘The Devil I Know’ Album Art

New Album, The Devil I Know

“Light On In The Kitchen” is a track that is set to appear on McBryde’s forthcoming, highly-anticipated new album, The Devil I Know, which was produced by Jay Joyce.

Arriving on September 8 via Warner Music Nashville, The Devil I Know will feature 11 tracks, including the previously released tunes “Light On In The Kitchen,” “Learned To Lie,” “The Devil I Know,” and the newly released, “Made For This.”

“When it was time to put together The Devil I Know, my band and I did what we always do: got together in the purple building in East Nashville, played through a bunch of songs and discussed where we wanted it to go,” explained McBryde. “We decided to take all the things that people tend to give us a hard time for and turn it up.”

She continued, “‘Y’all are too country.’ We leaned into that – more country it is. ‘Y’all are awfully rock leaning for a country artist.’ Is that so? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. ‘Last thing y’all need is another tender, finger pickin’ song.’ Oh? Tender makes you uneasy, cowboy? I hear you. Let’s see how much more tender we can be. We listened to all those opinions and said, ‘I hear you. I understand what you’re saying.’ But sadly, there’s no room on the record for your opinion. We’ll do what we want.”

Going On Tour

Ashley McBryde is currently on the road performing headlining concerts for sold-out crowds across the United States. 

Later this year, McBryde will join Jelly Roll on select dates of his Backroad Baptism Tour. The country hitmaker and Arkansas native will also serve as support for Dierks Bentley at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado before returning to Middle Tennessee for Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin on September 24.

For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit her official website at AshleyMcBryde.com.

CMA Fest 2023

The three-hour CMA Fest special was hosted by Dierks Bentley, Elle King, and Lainey Wilson and aired on ABC on Wednesday, July 19.

Dubbed “the music event of summer,” the special featured 30+ performances and surprise collaborations from some of Country music’s hottest stars, including Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Leon Bridges, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Vince Gill, HARDY, Tyler Hubbard, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban, and Lainey Wilson.

CMA Fest marked its 50th Anniversary with a record-breaking celebration in Nashville, June 8 through June 11.

50th Anniversary of CMA Fest

The four-day event hosted an estimated daily attendance of over 90,000, a 12% increase from 2022, according to the Country Music Association. Additionally, the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium saw 10% growth from 2022.

The festival also hosted fans from all 50 states as well as a record-breaking 51 countries.

“What a weekend! As we’ve spent the past year reflecting on this milestone celebration, one theme has persisted—the incredible connection between Country Music fans and the artists,” Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, shared in a statement. “It’s magical because it still matters after all these years. From first-timers to legends, so many artists started as fans—some as far back as Fan Fair. Almost every artist who performs during the festival has had their own experience as a fan, so for many of them, taking the stage at CMA Fest is a full-circle moment. We only get the chance to celebrate our 50th anniversary once, and to do so in such an impactful way has meant the world to us. Thank you, Country Music!” 

Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA/CMA Fest
Carly Pearce; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA/CMA Fest

More than 300 acts took part in CMA Fest this year, including performances at the Chevy Riverfront Stage, Dr Pepper Amp Stage, Chevy Vibes Stage, Maui Jim Reverb Stage and the Hard Rock Stage as well as Fan Fair X inside Music City Center. 

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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