Ashley McBryde, Wynonna Judd, & More Deliver Stunning Musical Tributes To Patsy Cline

McBryde and Judd stole the show with soaring performances in honor of the country music icon.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 25, 2024


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Ashley McBryde and Wynonna Judd at “Walkin’ After Midnight: The Music Of Patsy Cline”

Wynonna Judd, Ashley McBryde, and more gathered at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium earlier this week to honor the life and musical legacy of the late Patsy Cline

The event, dubbed Walkin’ After Midnight: The Music of Patsy Cline, brought together Judd, McBryde, Rita Wilson, Home Free, Kristin Chenoweth, Kellie Pickler, Mickey Guyton, and more for a musical celebration like no other and included opening remarks from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. 

Wynonna Judd Performs “Sweet Dreams”

During the show, Judd delivered a chill-inducing performance of Cline’s “Sweet Dreams” (also known as “Sweet Dreams (Of You),” captivating the audience with her powerful vocals. In a video captured by Music Mayhem Magazine, Judd could be seen sporting a black ensemble with silver accents as she belted out the lyrics of the 1963 release. @Wynonna Judd ♬ original sound – Music Mayhem

Fans flocked to the comments section of the video to share praise for the Country Music Hall of Famer. 

“Chills! DO YOU HEAR ME? Chills!!!!,” one user shared, while others added comments like “Holy moly Wynonna!!!! Chills, tears and love it!! Great great tribute!!” and “Wow! This gave me chills. I love Patsy Cline and Wynonna. Wy killed it!”

Ashley McBryde Performs “If You’ve Got Leaving On Your Mind”

McBryde’s performance of Cline’s “If You’ve Got Leaving On Your Mind” mesmerized listeners with her impeccable vocals, igniting a flurry of excitement in the comments section as fans showered her with compliments. @Ashley McBryde ♬ original sound – Music Mayhem

In the comments section of the Music Mayhem Magazine post, one fan declared, “ Patsy would be proud of this cover!” while another shared, “Well done Ashley. Patsy is smiling as big as Texas when she heard you sign her song. ❤️❤️” 

The evening also included Pickler’s emotional return to the stage, following her husband’s death in 2023. She performed “The Woman I Am,” a song she co-wrote with her late husband, Kyle Jacobs. 

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Walkin’ After Midnight The Music of Patsy Cline

The Patsy Cline tribute,Walkin’ After Midnight: The Music of Patsy Cline, fittingly took place at the Ryman, known as the  “Mother Church of Country Music.” It’s a place Cline performed several times throughout her career before her untimely death on March 5, 1963. The iconic singer passed away following a plane crash that took the lives of Cline as well as Grand Ole Opry members Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins, and the pilot. Patsy Cline, who was the first female artist elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, passed away when she was just 30 years old. 

Cline’s daughter, Julie, has been instrumental in keeping her mother’s legacy alive and helped to open the Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville, TN. Located at 119 3rd Ave S, just above the Johnny Cash Museum off of downtown Nashville’s Lower Broadway, the museum aims to celebrate the singer’s life by offering fans the chance to explore hundreds of never-before-seen artifacts, personal belongings, videos, and more.

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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.