Grammy nominees Ashley McBryde and John Osborne of Brothers Osborne joined “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday (Dec. 6) to perform “Gospel Night At The Strip Club” from Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville.
After Jimmy Fallon announced their performance, the camera turns to McBryde and Osborne who are seated in church pews with neon signs and stained-glass windows in the background to set the scene of both a strip club and a place of worship.
“It’s gospel night at the strip club, I’ve been sleepin’ in my car / I lead the singin’ service with a half-ass tuned guitar / And Brandy’s singin’ backup while Lonnie’s tendin’ bar / Just waitin’ for more sinners to show up,” McBryde sings in the opening verse.
Osborne served as a producer on McBryde’s collaborative project which features Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Pillbox Patti, Caylee Hammack, Aaron Raitiere and more. Throughout the 13-track collection, different characters of small-town America are brought in to help tell the stories of real-life experiences, giving Lindeville the element of true authenticity that it was destined to have.
The inspiration for Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville stemmed from the songwriting of Nashville legend, Dennis Linde (“Goodbye Earl,” “Burning Love,” and “Bubba Shot the Jukebox.”). The songs organically came together during a weeklong exercise in a rural cabin outside Nashville between McBryde, Raitiere, Hayford, Clark, Davis and Connie Harrington. While enjoying their relaxing trip, these songs came to light, but the group of talented writers didn’t have the intention to ever record or release their work.
“A few years ago, Aaron Raitiere, Nicolette Hayford and I were on a write,” shares McBryde. “We wrote this song called ‘Blackout Betty,’ and I realized we had written previous songs called ‘Shut Up Sheila’ on Never Will and ‘Livin’ Next to Leroy’ on Girl Going Nowhere. Aaron had a song called ‘Jesus, Jenny,’ and I thought, ‘We should keep these characters together and give them a place to live!’
After a bit more consideration, the Arkansas native eventually decided these songs could live together under one roof. So on September 30th, she released the full project that draws the listener in with its familiar characters that hold complicated yet compelling storylines.
“Not long after that, I thought, ‘What if we call it Lindeville?’ in honor of Dennis Linde,” she continued. “I want to lock six writers in a house and just spend six or seven days writing. We stayed in Tennessee in this little house close to a lake. It was eight bottles of tequila, two cartons of cigarettes, one kitchen table and six individuals out of their minds.”
“I’d like to think that when you first get to town, you think to yourself, ‘What a cute little neighborhood,’” McBryde added as she outlines her thought process. “And then the next thing you see is dishes flying across Main Street. And you’re like, ‘Okay! Good morning, Lindeville!’And that’s when we find out that Tina’s friends are witnessing her catching Marvin cheating.”
This project follows her 2020 album, Never Will, and marks the singer’s third consecutive GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. Both McBryde and Osborne are also up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, with McBryde’s No. 1 duet with Carly Pearce “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” and Brothers Osborne’s “Midnight Rider’s Prayer.”
This Saturday (Dec. 10,) McBryde will fulfill a lifelong dream as she steps into the historic circle to be inducted as a Grand Ole Opry Member.
Her momentum will continue into 2023, when she returns to the Ryman Auditorium on February 15 and 16 for Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville Live. This series of special performances will feature the cast of collaborators and special guests performing songs from her critically acclaimed album.