LISTEN: Ashley McBryde Shares New Single, ‘Light On In The Kitchen’

The song will impact country radio on March 27.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 24, 2023


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Ashley McBryde; Photo by Katie Kauss

Hot on the heels of her recent GRAMMY win and back-to-back sold-out shows at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, Ashley McBryde, returns with a brand-new radio single, “Light On In The Kitchen.” 

The Arkansas native, known for releasing honest songs about her life, teamed up with Connie Harrington and Jessi Alexander to write the just-released tune in honor of the strong woman 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. 

Ashley McBryde - Light On In The Kitchen
Ashley McBryde – Light On In The Kitchen

“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. 

Backed by minimal production, which allows her pristine vocals to shine, 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. 


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They Co-Wrote The Song On A ‘Teary Afternoon’

Following the release of the song, Ashley McBryde shared, “When I tell someone there’s a ‘Light On In The Kitchen’ for them, to me it means you’re thinking of them, even if they’re not coming home that night. While writing this, we were all able to look back and remember the women in our lives who comforted us, gave us advice and made sure we knew we had a place to go. Writing this song showed me how necessary that simple comfort had been.”

The song truly hits home for Ashley McBryde as it reminds her of some women in her life and their important bond.  

“I sent it to the important women in my life, and they reminded me that they still leave the kitchen light on for me, just like when I was growing up. Knowing someone, somewhere is thinking of you in that way can get you through a lot,” she acknowledges. “And it’s a bonus that now we get to say, ‘I love you’ or ‘I’m thinking of you’ by saying ‘The light’s on for ya.’” 

“Light On In The Kitchen” is set to impact country radio on March 27. 

To celebrate the release of the song, the Grand Ole Opry member will appear on The Jennifer Hudson Show on March first to discuss the track and her recent GRAMMY win for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for her chart-topping duet, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” with Carly Pearce. 

2023 Tour

2023 is shaping up to be a busy year for Ashley McBryde. In addition to headlining a number of shows this spring, the Arkansas native is gearing up to join Eric Church and Jelly Roll on tour later this year. 

She’ll join Church for three dates on his The Outsiders Revival Tour and Jelly Roll for seven shows on his just-announced Backroad Baptism Tour

Additionally, McBryde is scheduled to return to the Grand Ole Opry for two upcoming shows. 

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

Upcoming Tour Dates

Feb. 24           TempleLive Fort Smith                                                Fort Smith, Ark.

Feb. 25           First Financial Music Hall                                           El Dorado, Ark.

March 8          The Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort                      Tulsa, Okla.

March 9          NRG Park                                                                    Houston, Texas

March 11        Grand Ole Opry House                                                Nashville, Tenn.

April 1             Country Thunder Arizona 2023                                  Florence, Ariz.

Aril 15             Isleta Resort & Casino                                                Albuquerque, N.M.

April 16           Ector Theatre                                                              Odessa, Texas

April 21           River Center Theatre                                                  Baton Rouge, La.

April 22           The Crawfish Music Festival 2023                            Biloxi, Miss.

April 28           Double Decker Arts Festival 2023                             Oxford, Miss.

April 29           Paramount Center for the Arts                                   Bristol, Tenn.

April 30           EKU Center for the Arts                                            Richmond, Ky.

May 12            Choctaw Grand Theater                                             Durant, Okla.

May 13            Cook’s Garage                                                            Lubbock, Texas

May 16            Grand Ole Opry House                                               Nashville, Tenn.

May 18            American Music Theatre                                            Lancaster, Pa.

May 19            Newton Theatre                                                          Newton, N.J.

May 20            Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom                              Hampton Beach, N.H.

May 21            Bottle & Cork                                                             Dewey Beach, Del.

May 28            Fairplex                                                                       Pomona, Calif.

June 2-4          BackCountry Festival 2023                                         Gardnerville, Nev.

June 17           Morgan County Fairgrounds                                        Martinsville, Ind.

June 22           Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center for the                Paducah, Ky.

                        Performing Arts

June 23           Pine Knob Music Center                                              Clarkston, Mich.

June 24           Blossom Music Center                                                 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

June 29           Credit One Stadium                                                      Charleston, S.C.

July 8              Hodag Country Festival 2023                                      Rhinelander, Wis.

July 20-23       Country Thunder Wisconsin 2023                               Twin Lakes, Wis.

July 22            Ionia Free Fair Fairgrounds                                          Ionia, Mich.

July 27-29       Headwaters Country Jam 2023                                    Cardwell, Mont.

Aug. 4             Oregon Jamboree Music Festival 2023                        Sweet Home, Ore.

Aug. 6             Big Valley Jamboree 2023                                           Camrose, Alberta

Aug. 11           Jiffy Lube Live                                                             Bristow, Va.

Aug. 12           Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater               Virginia Beach, Va.

Aug. 19           Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre                                Maryland Heights, Mo.

Aug. 25           CHI Health Center Omaha                                          Omaha, Neb.

Aug. 26           T-Mobile Center                                                          Kansas City, Mo.

Sept. 19          Paycom Center                                                             Oklahoma City, Okla.

Sept. 21          Germania Insurance Amphitheater                              Austin, Texas

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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.