Benefit Concert in Honor of Louis Caruso featuring Ashley McBryde

Benefit Concert in Honor of Louis Caruso

Benefit Concert in Honor of Louis Caruso featuring Ashley McBryde

American Young, Bailey Ingle

Sat, November 4, 2017

7:00 pm

Cox Capitol Theatre

Macon, GA

$15.00 - $50.00

Benefit Concert in Honor of Louis Caruso: The friends and family of Louis Caruso present An Evening With Country Star Ashley McBryde at the Cox Capitol Theatre. Please join us in celebration of our fellow Mercer Alumni Louis Caruso, with all proceeds to the McCall Caruso Trust Fund.

Ashley McBryde
Ashley McBryde
“I hear the crowd, I look around, and I can’t find one empty chair. Not bad for a girl going nowhere” sings Ashley McBryde on “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” the seminal title track from her forthcoming LP. They’re words built from experience: over the course of her life, growing up in Arkansas, McBryde’s been finding her own way to fill those seats and sway those hearts since the very first time her teacher told her that her dreams of writing songs in Nashville would never see the light of day. Every time she was brought down, she persevered; trusting her timeless tone and keen, unwavering eye for the truth. It paid off. In April, Eric Church brought her on stage and called her a “whiskey-drinking badass,” confessing that he’s a massive fan. The rest of the world is quickly catching on,

Dubbed as one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know,” citing she’s “an Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert,” McBryde fearlessly lays it all on the line, and it’s that honest all-in approach that has led to NPR critic Ann Powers to ask if McBryde could be “among the first post-Stapleton country stars?” McBryde’s album will showcase an artistic vision that will prove her to be one of the genre’s keenest working storytellers, bringing unwavering honesty back into a pop-preoccupied genre. Pulling tales from every corner of her human experience – a happenstance love on “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega,” a neighbor with a heavy past on “Livin’ Next to LeRoy,” a girl with an impossibly possible dream on “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – McBryde sings with fire and fury, laughing and swigging that brown stuff along the way. And she’s not going to do it in glitter and sequins, either, like a good lady of Music Row. McBryde will wear her boots and crack her jokes: with McBryde, what you see is what you get, and what you get is what you see.

It’s that authenticity bleeding through every lyric, riff and song that had McBryde’s name as the top trending item on Apple Music All Genre upon release of “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega.” It’s those lyrics that hit the heart and gut, like “here’s to the breakups that didn’t break us,” that scored her opening slots Chris Stapleton and Eric Church.

McBryde was raised in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, taking to music at the age when most kids were running wild in the backyard, dressing dolls or playing with trains. At three, she’d secretly pluck her father’s guitar like an upright bass, and after about the 17th time being caught, her father bought her a guitar of her own. When she was twelve, she played her parents and grandparents her very first composition.

“It was about this awful torrid love affair,” says McBryde, laughing. “My mom was like, ‘oh shit. You are a twelve going on forty.’ At twelve I knew that I could make stuff up. At sixteen I was like, I’m getting good at this. By the time I got to college, I had a big catalogue for an eighteen-year-old.”

It was at Arkansas State when, while a member of the marching band, McBryde finally started sharing her voice with others – first at karaoke parties, then in a band, and then in Memphis where she’d play a mix of cover and original songs while still commuting from college. When McBryde finally moved to Nashville in 2007, she settled with a friend at an apartment in a building that housed storage units – not the most glamorous of homes, but enough of a place to crash in between a healthy dose of dive bars, biker hangouts, and colorful joints where she fought to have her songs heard.

Her first EP, the self-released 2016 Jalopies and Expensive Guitars was just a taste of what McBryde can do, and, on her full-length debut, she will meld her songwriting chops with the vision of producer Jay Joyce, peppering her tales with a touch of guitar-driven rock fury – but offering plenty of room for her emotive, vulnerable twang to move softly through songs like “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” which was written the morning that Guy Clark passed away.

“I’m not a pretty crier, and I got to my write with Jeremy Bussey that morning, red and blotchy,” she says. “So he said, ‘for Guy, maybe we should write a good song, one you’d want to play at the Opry someday.’ So, I told the story of when I was back in Algebra class, and we were going around the room saying what we wanted to do when we grew up. When it got to me, I said, ‘I’m going to move to Nashville and write songs, and they’re going to be on the radio.’ The teacher looked at me and said, ‘that won’t happen and you better have a good backup plan.’ It didn’t put the fire out, it just added to it.”

That fire’s been described as a combination of Bonnie Raitt, Lzzy Hale and Loretta Lynn, and that’s not wrong: McBryde isn’t afraid to tell the truth, get raw and real and use the spirits of country, folk and rock when it serves her greater purpose. And McBryde indeed played “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” at her Opry debut, and still performs it on stage to crowds that now sing along. She gets emotional from time to time, remembering the days when she was working at a guitar shop or as a security guard or selling barbecue, never letting that vision go – a vision she will share on her forthcoming LP that will help remind Nashville what country music is about. And that’s the stories that shake us, make us and tell us a little more about what it’s like to be human.

And that girl goin’ nowhere, from a little town in Arkansas? She’s a whiskey-drinking badass, going everywhere. Just watch.
American Young
American Young
“American”— positive, hard-working, buoyed by faith, driven to succeed.
“Young”— curious, optimistic, energetic, resilient, sometimes irreverent.
These two words resonate individually. Put them together, as Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone have done, and they’re damn near unstoppable.
American Young — the name — says much about the dreams these two exceptional artists have charted on their own and blended together as musical partners. American Young — the band — fills in this picture with a story that’s compelling even though it’s only beginning.
Let’s start with the future, just to be a little different. For Kristy and Jon, the rest of 2016 will include performances in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and elsewhere abroad. They’re booked throughout the U.S. too, with concerts already sold out in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Francisco. Their latest single, “Love Is War,” drew a breathtaking 3 million Spotify plays in just 45 days.
Credit their synchronicity for the way they’ve impacted audiences. In conversation, they complement each other, sometimes finishing each other’s sentences, kind of like how their vocals interact and intensify onstage, whether teasing or steeped in deeper feeling.
“Jon’s a perfectionist and a finisher,” Kristy explains. “He works harder than anybody I know. I’m all about the vibe and the feel of the moment. Jon inspires me to focus that on exactly what we’re going for.”
“The thing that’s so inspiring for us both is that we’re so different,” Jon agrees. “Everything that drives me crazy about her makes her a star. She’s everything I wish I could be, but once we’re together we’re like Voltron. It becomes selfless; all our needs become secondary to American Young.”
That’s our cue to spin back toward the past, to better understand the unity they’ve found as American Young. Begin with Kristy: Born and raised in Idaho, she grew up about as country as anyone could. “You could walk one way for six days and not see another person or a road or any kind of a light. Now, that’s country,” she says.
Whenever she made it back home from the wilds, Kristy took violin lessons, both classical and in a more country vein. For a while she toured with a Canadian fiddle group, playing square dances and clogging her heart out with the rest of the ensemble. These skills served her well when she made her move to Nashville. From playing the Broadway honky-tonks to cofounding the electrifying fiddle duo Bomshel to debuting on the Grand Ole Opry to writing the Joey + Rory hit “Cheater, Cheater,” she was well on her way as a solo artist before crossing paths with Jon ...
... who, while all this was going on, was making a strong impression on his own too. Like Kristy, he comes from the Northwest — Oregon to be exact. He too is country born and bred; for a while he worked as a bull rider. Inevitably he felt the pull of Nashville, where he worked diligently and successfully to build a writing career. (He held down day jobs to pay the rent for a while; one of his colleagues at the Shop at Home Network was a similarly gifted and ambitious young guy named Eric Church.)
So on the night Jon and Kristy met four years ago, he was already a sizzling-hot writer, whose songs had been picked up by Kenny Chesney (“Seven Days”), Blake Shelton (“Kiss My Country Ass”), Rascal Flatts (“Me and My Gang”) and many other headliners. He was onstage at McGuinness Pub with one of his best friends, Lee Brice, celebrating their mutual No. 1 success with “A Woman Like You,” written by Jon and cut by Lee, when she walked into the venue.
The connection was instant: “I heard Jon and it was like, ‘I’ve got to write with that dude,’” she recalls. “When God dropped Kristy in my lap, I found a new purpose,” Jon adds. “It became about touching the hearts of, and communicating with, people so they realize they’re not alone. That became my reason — our reason — for creating music.”

Embracing the name of American Young and all that it represents musically and personally, they released their first single, “Love Is War,” in late 2013. Now, with release of American Young, their first full-length album, they show how far these past few years have taken them.
Each inspired the other to try something crazy on this project. Rather than be guided by trends, they vowed to write and record only music that touched them emotionally. That way, Kristy explains, “our songs are like invitations to intimacy.” These include two songs they’d previously released, “Love Is War” and “God Sends a Train,” both fraught with deep emotional meaning and rendered passionately in their new incarnations.
The material being premiered on American Youngis just as revealing. From “Something to You,” which Kristy had to fight back tears to record, to the playfully bantering “Point of View” and the timeless yet timely tragedies evoked by “Soldier’s Wife,” the album presents Jon and Kristy with neither apology nor artifice. What they offer in song comes from who they are, not what others would want them to be — plus a winning guest appearance by old pal Lee Brice on the sweetly nostalgic “Eighteen.”Maybe this is a risky strategy. Then again, maybe the time has come at last for honesty to reclaim its place in popular music.
“We learned long ago that if you chase the ball, you’re always gonna be behind it,” Jon insists. “But if you figure out what’s unique about you, the ball will come to you. It all comes down to us writing, singing and recording music for us.”Which is to say, for all of us who value reality over conformity — all who are, forever, American Young.
Bailey Ingle
Bailey Ingle
Bailey is from Hoover, Alabama and began singing at the age of 3 and wrote her first song at 13. At the age of 15 she was selected by Kieth Urban to sing "We Were Us" in a duet. Since this experience she has written songs and performed across the Southeast.
Venue Information:
Cox Capitol Theatre
382 Second Street
Macon, GA, 31201