Wednesday, September 14, 2022
– What started for Ashley McBryde setting out with a group of her favorite collaborators to work up a project they had no intention of ever recording or releasing will see the light of day on Sept. 30. "Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville" will be out via Warner Nashville.
The project resulted from a week-long weeklong songwriting exercise in a rural cabin outside Nashville. The songs offere specific portraits of small-town America and the characters within.
"A few years ago, Aaron Raitiere, Nicolette Hayford and I were on a write," said McBryde. "We wrote this song called 'Blackout Betty,' and I realized we had written previous songs called 'Shut Up Sheila' on 'Never Will' and 'Livin' Next to Leroy' on 'Girl Going Nowhere'. Aaron had a song called 'Jesus, Jenny,' and I thought, 'We should keep these characters together and give them a place to live."
"Not long after that, I thought, 'What if we call it Lindeville?' in honor of (songwriter Dennis Linde," the Arkansas-native said. "I want to lock six writers in a house and just spend six or seven days writing. We stayed in Tennessee in this little house close to a lake. It was eight bottles of tequila, two cartons of cigarettes, one kitchen table and six individuals out of their minds."
The six were McBryde, Raitiere, Hayford, Connie Harrington, Brandy Clark and Benjy Davis, each drawing from their own upbringings to create Lindeville.
Linde, who died in 2006, wrote his including "Burning Love" for Elvis Presley, "Bubba Shot the Jukebox" (Mark Chesnutt), "It Sure Is Monday" (Chesnutt), "Callin' Baton Rouge" (Garth Brooks) "John Deere Green" (Joe Diffie) and "Goodbye Earl" (Dixie Chicks).
Produced by John Osborne, Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville features performances from McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Clark, Raitiere, Pillbox Patti (Hayford), Caylee Hammack and Davis.
"This is technically the first full-length album that I've produced by myself. One of the things I tried to do was capture each character as a performance," said Osborne. "I listened to each song, and I wrestled with it for a while. Do I want to make the songs sound the same? Make it sound like it's all done in one room on one day?
"And then I thought to myself, 'Each song has to represent not only a different character, but a different emotion and a different story.' There is certainly continuity between the tracks. We have vocalists and mostly the same musicians on every song. But I decided to take different approaches to each song because it needed to represent the story," Osborne said.
"I just hope that when a few, even just a handful, of people listen to the record and it ends with the line 'Nothing but stars over Lindeville,' they put their hands over their heart and say, 'What a nice trip that was,'" said McBryde.
"And for the whole running time of the record, nothing else had to matter. You got to focus on other people's drama and other people's problems and got the reminder that everything's all right."
The track list is:
Brenda Put Your Bra On feat. Caylee Hammack and Pillbox Patti
Jesus Jenny featuring Aaron Raitiere (Aaron Raitiere and Jon Decious)
The Girl In The Picture featuring Pillbox Patti
If These Dogs Could Talk featuring Brandy Clark
Play Ball feat. Brothers Osborne
Ronnie's Pawn Shop
The Missed Connection Section of the Lindeville Gazette featuring Brandy Clark & Aaron Raitiere
Gospel Night At The Strip Club featuring Benjy Davis
Forkem Family Funeral Home
When Will I Be Loved featuring Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and Pillbox Patti (Phil Everly)
Bonfire At Tina's featuring Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark and Pillbox Patti
All songs written by McBryde, Raitiere, Harrington, Clark, Davis and Hayford unless noted otherwise.