Ashley McBride Presents: Lindeville Album Review

Five years ago, country singer Ashley McBride came out with A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega, her first single. The song wasn’t a huge hit, but it was an instant sensation of criticism. Part of it was the way McBride sang the song – a harsh, warm, lively tone that seemed to belong to a character in the song. Some of it was the way the words painted a picture. You don’t need to know anything about Dahlonega, a small town in Georgia, to fantasize about the song’s dive bar or the people who find a small but significant portion of sustenance there – those who pass at the bottom of the gutter, smoke. If you’ve got it, nothing is going right, making the best of the worst nights of the day.

Ashley McBride can sing and write about this little dive bar because she’s been there – because she’s been living her life in dive bars like those. Years before she released that song, McBride, born into an oppressive devout Arkansas family, moved to Nashville hoping to make a name for herself. I struggled. She’s played diving bars, open mics, and talent competitions. I worked a day job at a guitar center and got an EP. McBryde’s big break was the stuff of movies. Eric Church, a country star with a rebellious streak, heard her CD and invited her on stage to sing one of her songs at one of his shows. A video of this performance surfaced, and that video secured the McBryde naming deal. By the time McBride released “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega,” she was in her mid-30s. Perhaps no one expected her to become a star. Sometimes, though, people realize greatness when they hear it.

McBryde debut of 2018 Girl don’t go anywhere As good as a mainstream country album can be. She sang the softest songs with strict authority, and rockers sang with grace Tom Petty. Two years later, McBride continued this album with You’ll never do that again, which was slightly more polished but also showed the development of a disturbed sensitivity. McBride finished this album with “Styrofoam,” a grotesque ode to “polystyrene extruded into a moisture-resistant closed-cell foam.” McBride sings about the physicists who invented these things, drinks them toast and the cheap coolers she uses to keep her ice cold. A song like this is a big flashing neon sign: Here’s someone who loves and respects the old storytelling traditions of country music and wants to find weird new ways to honor those traditions.

A song like “Styrofoam” isn’t just a nod; It’s a promise too. On her third album, Ashley McBride delivers on all that promise in a way no one expected. McBryde’s new album title is not technically Lindville. it’s a Ashley McBride presents: Lindville. McBride is not the star then. She’s the announcer, party host, Rod Serling for the whole deal. You can say the same about McBride’s other albums as well. Nashville country albums are generally not visionaries of a single. It is the work of entire communities of writers, producers, and musicians. Ashley McBride, for example, did not write “Styrofoam”; It came from Nashville songwriter Randall Clay. McBride chose the song and sang it as if she had written it. on me LindvilleMcBryde shines a spotlight on this entire community, and she’s doing just that with a concept album Around social communication. It’s as if she and her colleagues decided to make an entire Robert Altman panorama about Dahlonega’s little dive bar, and maybe even about Dahlonega itself.

Lindville It was named in honor of the late songwriter Dennis Linde. Lindy wrote “Burning Love” for Elvis Presley, then continued to work in Nashville for decades before his death in 2006. Linde wrote a few hit songs, but he was also a beloved figure among songwriters for his sense of unifying vision. Lindy was writing about characters, and he was imagining the world these characters inhabit. If you’ve paid enough attention to the songs he wrote, you might start to notice certain characters reappear in some songs, recorded by different singers over the decades. Even if you don’t notice this process in action, you’ll still understand the meticulously observed character details of a song like “Goodbye Earl,” which was a huge hit for Chicks in 2000. That sense of detail came from Linde’s process. on me LindvilleAshely McBryde and her collaborators aim to create their own version of that process by envisioning the lives of people in an entire fictional city.

Lindeville isn’t the quintessential small town found only in country songs. It’s a place where people struggle, fall off wagons, and have sex with each other. The album begins with “Brenda Put Your Bra On,” a song about some bullshit in a trailer park neighborhood. A woman comes home to find her husband cheating on the babysitter, and the different women gather in the neighborhood to watch the fireworks as if it were entertainment: “I knew she shouldn’t let that bitch watch her baby / I worked with her for her at Crystal / She always got good shifts just because she was She has good breasts and her shirts are cut in the middle.” Ashley McBride isn’t the only singer on “Brenda Put Your Bra On.” The song consists of a conversation between three different women, and different singers portray these women.

In fact, Ashley McBride doesn’t sing much of the main vocals Lindville. The album comes from a bunch of different perspectives, so she brings a bunch of different singers to deal with those parts. Some of these singers are famous, such as Brandy Clark or the Osborne Brothers. Produced by John Osborne, one of the brothers Lindville, where he picks all the musicians and restores the musical elements of each setting, while Osborne tackles the lead songs of “Play Ball”. In press material for the album, John talks about working on producing songs differently, with sounds varying according to setting and character, while maintaining the LP’s sense of cohesion. Some of the other singers on the album are mostly known to people who pay attention to the liner notes on country records. An album like this is a powerful reminder that Nashville is a city full of talented people with a vision and that the prevailing country winds don’t always allow these people to indulge in those visions.

LindvilleWith methamphetamine addicts, strip clubs, and sharp little graphics of the characters, you stand up against a plethora of popular nations, and you can practically hear how excited everyone is to take part in it. But the Nashville system itself made an album like this possible. People spend money to make Lindville. The music is pure, and the hooks are sharp and polished. It’s the kind that only true professionals can make.

on me Lindville, Ashley McBride and her collaborators build a cinematic sense of place. The album contains a few 30-second radio songs of fake local businesses – restaurant, pawn shop, funeral home. In between, we hear details tell about the people who live in this city. Here’s the guy doing maintenance at the local baseball field: “He lost his wife to cancer and a thumbs up in Vietnam/jokes he’s been navigating, but not for very long.” Here’s one of the strippers at the local club: “Patty has a top to pass through her shift/downer so she can lie down with the kids.” Even city dogs, like the three-legged beagle who lays there eagle-spreading on the driveway outside of Patty’s trailer, become fully developed personalities: “They can sniff out cheaters and point out liars/shit on their lawns and pee on their tires/They can smell good, so maybe you’re Much nicer / And don’t even think of a single kick.”

There is a lot of beautiful biblical vision at work Lindville, but it doesn’t matter if the songs aren’t great. guess what? The songs are great. It’s a little confusing to hear a country album knit with so many different singers, but these singers all know what they’re doing, and they all fit into the group. The songs themselves are accurate and beautiful. “If These Dogs Could Talk” is a soft, glowing honky-tonk lullaby. “Brenda Put Your Bra On” is a little patch of rock. “Gospel Night At The Strip Club” is an all-encompassing show, a spiritual hymn about a whole group of people who do their best. Near the end, we’ve got a great cover of the Everly Brothers classic When I’ll Be Loved. If you want to delve deeper into the album, you can understand that these women in this city are taking an old golden rush and adapting it as their own anthem. But if you just want to listen to Lindville As a group of country songs, don’t worry about how they all interact with each other, then it will serve that purpose beautifully as well. when you do who – whichIt’s like: Oh, hello! When will I be loved! Great song!

parts of Lindville It’s funny in a self-aware way, and parts of it are indescribably sad. Sometimes, these parts are one and the same thing. On “Bonfire At Tina’s,” the album’s penultimate track, the “Brenda Get Your Bra On” characters, people who were talking about each other, got together to get drunk and support each other. Immediately after that, the album ends with the song Lindeville, in which Ashley McBryde plays the album’s narrator. It’s not a person. It’s the clock tower in the middle of town, and you look at all these people and wish them well: “I’ve had time in the court yard / Since their parents put me here / And tonight, I wish I could stand still / ‘Cause I look at those stars above Lindville.”

A song like “Lindeville” – Hell, an album like Lindville It’s a writing exercise, and you can look at work like that from an academic perspective if you like. But when these writing exercises really work, they can move you. They can have sex with you. Lindville fuck me A lot of people put a lot of work into this record, and they did something that resonated on a deep and emotional level. abandon them.

Lindville It’s out 9/30 on Warner Music Nashville.

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