Ashley McBryde released her unofficial third album "Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville" today – a concept project she cultivated alongside Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Aaron Raitiere, Pillbox Patti, Caylee Hammack, and Benjy Davis about life in a fictitious small town.
McBryde released her music video for "Bonfire at Tina's" today, too, and it's a tongue-in-cheek look at female relationships when there's nothing else to do but develop strong opinions.
Lyrics include: Smalltown women ain't built to get along. But if you've burnt one, you've burnt us all. We'll be here drinking until the smoke is gone.
In the music video, the town's women get together, steal the cheating man's car – and his guitar – and set them on fire, which is the source of the bonfire.
"We weren't going to write a record," McBryde explained, saying she and her friends got together during the pandemic because they couldn't tour. "We were just going to write because this was during the great separation."
They were in a cabin with a lake, but McBryde said no one can remember much about it.
"It gets really blurry," she said. "It was just so much fun, and we just locked ourselves in there. And it was like a situation where the kitchen and the dining area were pretty much the same area. At any given time, we're writing a song, and someone's making a sandwich, and Brandy is arranging all the fruit by size and color. Aaron is like sketching and taking Polaroids, and Nicolette is on the keyboard, and one of us is banging on a guitar. It was so much fun."
"Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville" was produced by Brothers Osborne's John Osborne.
McBryde and her friends had written songs featuring characters for years. With time to spare on the lake during the pandemic, they just decided to give them neighbors.
"Just like do it on purpose," McBryde said. "Give them neighbors and then give them a place to live. The more we talked about it in that little conversation, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, you guys, the town would be called Lindeville. At first, you're like, 'Wait, what?'"
Dennis Linde is the songwriter who had a hand in country favorites, including "Goodbye Earl," "Bubba Shot the Jukebox" and John Deere Green."
"They're like, 'That would be so dope,'" she said. "So then we just did it."