Ashley McBryde may be a “whiskey-drinkin’ badass” according to Eric Church, but the Arkansas native shows a softer side with her latest single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.” The accompanying video, released Tuesday, features some of her friends in a sleepy small town, played by her real-life near-Nashville home of Watertown, Tennessee.
“Here’s to the break-ups that didn’t break us / The breakdown wrong turn that takes ya / To a little dive bar in Dahlonega / Hear a song from a band that saves ya / It’s hittin’-rock-bottom, smoke-’em-if-you’ve-got-’em, Nothin’s-going-right / Making-the-best-of-the-worst-day kind of night,” McBryde sings.
Named one of Rolling Stone Country‘s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in May, McBryde partnered with producer Jay Joyce (Church’s Mr. Misunderstood, Brothers Osborne’s Pawn Shop) for the follow-up to her 2016 release, Jalopies and Expensive Guitars. “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” is the first fruits of that collaboration.
“Working with [Joyce] is like working with a mad scientist – in the best way,” she told RSC. “He takes songs that we’ve been playing for a long time and they take on a new life and a new shape with him. It’s insane.”
McBryde is on the festival and fair circuit around the U.S. this summer before joining Church and Brothers Osborne in September for two dates in Alabama.