As Billboard once noted, “Whether she’s embracing traditional country or southern rock or something in between, Ashley McBryde infuses her songs with authenticity.” With today’s release via Warner Music Nashville, the GRAMMY award winner takes “something in between” and “authenticity” to yet another level with “The Devil I Know.” Listen to the new song HERE.
“We’re always hearing something from somebody who thinks they know what’s best for us,” shares McBryde. “Lose weight, your hair’s too curly, change this, change that. Things just seem to go better when you trust your own lens to see what’s good for you.”
Written by McBryde with Jeremy Stover and Bobby Pinson, “The Devil I Know” opens with peppy finger-strummed acoustic as the Arkansas-native lilts through the first verse before exploding into a vigorous drum blast and distortion heavy guitars ahead of the nearly acapella chorus, save for rhythmic hand clapping and harmonics:
Momma says get my ass my to church
Daddy says get my ass to work
Doctor says I gotta give up on these smokes
Everybody’s got something to say
About how I gotta change my ways,
Well, I got something to say of my own
Hell, there’s hell everywhere I go
So I’m sticking with the devil I know
McBryde’s current chart-climbing single “Light On In The Kitchen” debuted to critical acclaim with The New York Times praising, “Ashley McBryde maintains her position as country’s most down-to-earth songwriter,” while Rolling Stone observes, “With its gentle, brushed drums and light shadings of mandolin, it’s a delicate ballad that feels ready for radio and the Grand Ole Opry stage but comes with mountains of good advice.” Earlier this week, the CMT Music Awards saw her join Wynonna for a performance of Foreigner’s 1984 hit “I Want to Know What Love Is,” as Billboard boasts, “the ultimate country vocal powerhouses came together for a jaw-dropping duet.” The Arkansas native also gave a stirring performance of “Light On In The Kitchen,” which aired during the extended cut of the show.
Next week, McBryde will return to the Grand Ole Opry before heading back out on the road throughout the spring and summer for a slew of headlining shows and tour dates with Eric Church and Jelly Roll. For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit AshleyMcBryde.com.