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Ashley McBryde Performs “Hang In There Girl” on “Good Morning America”

Ashley McBryde

Following the release of her critically-acclaimed album Never Will, ACM New Female Artist, CMA New Artist of the Year and three-time GRAMMY nominee Ashley McBryde joined ABC’s “Good Morning America” with a special live performance.

Joining via video conference, McBryde performed an acoustic version of Never Will’s opening track “Hang In There Girl,” praised by Rolling Stone as an “anthem of solidarity” and dubbed as “soulful heartland rock” by StereogumPrior to her performance, McBryde shared background on the song.

“It’s actually a true story, verbatim. I did see a young girl, about 15 years old on the side of the road when I was driving through Watertown. She looked pretty frustrated and she reminded me a lot of myself when I was growing up. I grew up in a really rural area, and I’m proud of how I was raised. But there were times when I was in my teens, that I was frustrated and just couldn’t wait to get out of there. I really wished I could have stopped and tell her, ‘Hang in there, you’re really going to look back on this fondly.’

“Especially with everything that’s happening in the world this week, ‘Hang In There’ is something we’re all having to tell ourselves and each other,” she continued.

Released April 3, Never Will has since garnered critical acclaim from NPRRolling StoneBillboardVarietyPaste and many more. The Washington Post states, “McBryde’s lyrics almost always stick up for the wounded, the flawed, the lonesome and the misunderstood,” while Wall Street Journal claims McBryde has “moved to the forefront of today’s country, and this consistent, exciting and always smart album shows why.” 

Never Will also landed on SPIN’s “The 30 Best Albums of the Year (So Far)” asserting, “the hard exterior can’t disguise the poignance and poetry all over Never Will,” and Esquire’s “The Best Albums of 2020 Give Us Exactly What We Need Right Now” observing, “McBryde’s 2018 debut, Girl Going Nowhere, announced a new heartland rock force to be reckoned with, and if she’d just done more of the same here, chances are she would have still made this list. Instead, she went further. With ace explorations of bluegrass (‘Velvet Red’), Fleetwood Mac-esque uplift (‘Never Will’), and bone-rattling rock (‘Voodoo Doll’), McBryde’s slinging whisky while her peers sip soda.”

McBryde will host her Trybe Virtual Fan Club Party this Friday, June 5 at 2:30 p.m. CT. All members of the fan club can participate in the party on The Trybe website and premium members can enter to win a virtual Meet & Greet. Register for The Trybe for free HERE.

Never Will is available everywhere HERE.

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