Martina McBride: “We Were So Green”

What It Feels Like to be Reckless

Earlier this year, Martina McBride released her Reckless album.

But long before that, she’d been living up to its name.

In a recent radio interview, McBride revealed that she’s done some things in her life that could be considered reckless (Although probably not as senseless and jumping all the fences and abandoning all the rules and crashing like a fool, like the song says).

“I grew up in a tiny, little town of about 180 people in Kansas,” McBride said. “There was certainly nobody around me who wanted to do what I wanted to do. So I had nobody to look to for advice on how to make it in the music business.”

She married her husband — sound engineer John McBride — in 1988, and they moved to Nashville the next year.

“My husband and I were newlyweds. We’d been married for about a year. We just picked up everything and moved to Nashville and didn’t know a soul here and just got towork. We were so green,” she admits.

They had no idea what they were doing, and no plan to fall back on.

“I look back on that now and it felt so right at the time and it obviously was right, but I look back on it and think, ‘How crazy was that?’

“It was just a reckless desire to be in this business and to try to make it happen,” she said.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.