LISTEN: Ashley McBryde Shares New Single, ‘Light On In The Kitchen’
The song will impact country radio on March 27.
Ashley McBryde; Photo by Katie Kauss
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.
“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.
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 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.
Additionally, McBryde is scheduled to return to the Grand Ole Opry for two upcoming shows.
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.
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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