Ashley McBryde surprised everyone – including herself – with the release of her next project.
After the songstress spent a relaxing week in a rural cabin outside of Nashville with some of her favorite collaborators for a songwriting retreat, she had no intentions of ever recording or releasing some of the songs that came to life during their retreat.
After thinking about it, the Arkansas native decided the songs needed a home, and on September 30th, the tracks will be available for all to hear on Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville.
The project was inspired by the songwriting of Nashville legend, Dennis Linde (“Goodbye Earl,” “Burning Love,” and “Bubba Shot the Jukebox.”).
“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!’
“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.”
McBryde, Raitiere, Hayford, Connie Harrington, Brandy Clark and Benjy Davis were all included in this experience, sharing details about their own childhoods and lives to give Lindeville the raw, honest, authenticity it deserved.
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville was produced by John Osborne, and includes performances from McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Clark, Raitiere, Pillbox Patti (Hayford), Caylee Hammack and Davis. This star-studded group created characters among the 13-track collection.
“This is technically the first full-length album that I’ve produced by myself. One of the things I tried to do was capture each character as a performance,” elaborated Osborne. “I listened to each song, and I wrestled with it for a while. Do I want to make the songs sound the same? Make it sound like it’s all done in one room on one day?
“And then I thought to myself, ‘Each song has to represent not only a different character, but a different emotion and a different story.’ There is certainly continuity between the tracks – we have vocalists and mostly the same musicians on every song. But I decided to take different approaches to each song because it needed to represent the story,” Osborne concluded.
McBryde hopes the album will be an escape for listeners.
“I just hope that when a few, even just a handful, of people listen to the record and it ends with the line ‘Nothing but stars over Lindeville,’ they put their hands over their heart and say, ‘What a nice trip that was,’” McBryde said.
“And for the whole running time of the record, nothing else had to matter. You got to focus on other people’s drama and other people’s problems and got the reminder that everything’s all right.”
Ashley McBryde is offering her Trybe Fan Club members an exclusive opportunity to pre-order limited-edition purple vinyl, set to ship domestically at the end of October. Trybe members can pre-order their vinyl now.
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville Tracklist
All songs written by Ashley McBryde, Aaron Raitiere, Connie Harrington, Brandy Clark, Benjy Davis and Nicolette Hayford unless noted otherwise.
- Brenda Put Your Bra On feat. Caylee Hammack & Pillbox Patti
- Jesus Jenny feat. Aaron Raitiere (Aaron Raitiere and Jon Decious)
- Dandelion Diner
- The Girl In The Picture feat. Pillbox Patti
- If These Dogs Could Talk feat. Brandy Clark
- Play Ball feat. Brothers Osborne
- Ronnie’s Pawn Shop
- The Missed Connection Section of the Lindeville Gazette feat. Brandy Clark & Aaron Raitiere
- Gospel Night At The Strip Club feat. Benjy Davis
- Forkem Family Funeral Home
- When Will I Be Loved feat. Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, & Pillbox Patti (Phil Everly)
- Bonfire At Tina’s feat. Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark, & Pillbox Patti