Fans Can’t Get Enough Of Ashley McBryde’s Cover Of John Anderson’s ‘Straight Tequila Night’

Ashley McBryde honored country music icon John Anderson with a cover of one of his biggest hits. As part of…


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August 5, 2022


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Ashley McBryde; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Ashley McBryde honored country music icon John Anderson with a cover of one of his biggest hits.

As part of the John Anderson tribute album, dubbed Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson, McBryde covered “Straight Tequila Night,” the second single from Anderson’s album Seminole Wind.

Fans are raving over McBryde’s rendition of the 1991 release, co-written by Debbie Hupp and Kent Robbins.

“Stellar cover! I have loved this song for years, and fell in love all over again this morning,” wrote one Facebook user, while another shared, “Love your version. Your voice puts a little different perspective on it. Well done.”

“But don’t ask her on a straight tequila night / She’ll start thinkin’ about him, and she’s ready to fight / Blames her broken heart on every man in sight / On a straight tequila night,” McBryde effortlessly sings on the chorus.

Listen to McBryde’s cover of Anderson’s “Straight Tequila Night” below.

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Something Borrowed, Something New: A Tribute to John Anderson also features Brent Cobb, Brothers Osborne, Tyler Childers, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, Jamey Johnson, Del McCoury, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings.

Produced by Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson, the project includes new renditions of some of Anderson’s hits such as “Straight Tequila Night,” “You Can’t Judge A Book (By The Cover),” and “I’m Just An Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day).”

John Anderson; Photo by Alysse Gafkjen
John Anderson; Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

“Listening to everybody do their own takes on the songs shows how the songs really come through. And I thought to myself, ‘You might have been young and foolish back then, but you sure did pick some good songs.’ It’s very gratifying to know that some things really do not change, and a great country song remains a great country song. Any one person on the record would be a real tribute, but all of them together? It’s a pretty big deal for me personally,” Anderson shared of the project. 

“We weren’t trying to piddle around and make the normal tribute record. It had to be the best singers with the best songs and the best arrangements, and they had to come into the studio. This wasn’t like, ‘Mail me the song, and we’ll put it together.’ I think it makes this record unique. I don’t think most tribute records are done like this. I think that’s why it sounds like a cohesive album. It feels like an amazing mix tape,” Auerbach added. 

Anderson is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. He has enjoyed 60 charting singles in four consecutive decades including five No. 1 songs: “Wild and Blue,” “Swingin’,” “Black Sheep,” “Straight Tequila Night” and “Money in the Bank.” 

Originally from Apopka, Florida, Anderson now lives outside of Nashville with his wife of over 25 years, with whom he shares two daughters. 

Most recently, Anderson released his 22nd studio album, Years, in April of 2020. 

John Anderson will be celebrated at the Grand Ole Opry on August 6. Scheduled to perform are John Anderson with special guests Dan Auerbach and Tyler Childers, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Sierra Hull, Elizabeth Cook, and more.

The celebration of the album will also air live that night as Opry Live on Circle Television and will livestream via Circle’s social channels, while the Opry show will air in their entirety on WSM Radio,, and SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse channel.


1. “1959” performed by John Prine

2. “Years” performed by Sierra Ferrell

3. “Wild and Blue” performed by Brent Cobb

4. “Low Dog Blues” performed by Nathaniel Rateliff

5. “Mississippi Moon” performed by Eric Church

6. “I Just Came Home to Count the Memories” performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

7. “Shoot Low Sheriff!” performed by Tyler Childers

8. “Seminole Wind” performed by Luke Combs

9. “When It Comes to You” performed by Sturgill Simpson

10. “You Can’t Judge A Book (By The Cover)” performed by Brothers Osborne

11. “Would You Catch A Falling Star” performed by Del McCoury feat. Sierra Hull

12. “Straight Tequila Night” performed by Ashley McBryde

13. “I’m Just An Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Some Day)” performed by Jamey Johnson 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.