Ashley McBryde holds her audience captive with her bourbon-soaked sense of humor and commands the room with her songs. You walk in a stranger and leave feeling like an old friend. Arkansas native Ashley McBryde is following her own mantra of “do what you dream.” Performing and writing have been her only jobs since 2007. A storyteller at heart, Ashley’s music cuts deep and yet offers healing like the rough-cut realness of the work of her mentors Lisa Carver, Carl Jackson and Travis Meadows. She writes songs that feel good. She writes songs that hurt. She’s been known to turn a honkytonk into a church.